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    Lac qui Parle State Park, near Montevideo in southwestern Minnesota, will host a group snowshoe hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. The hike, which is suitable for beginner-level snowshoers of all ages, will begin with a talk about the park, its wildlife and how to identify animal tracks.
From snowshoes and a snow cave, to nature bingo, pond gliding, search-and-rescue dogs and a hot tent, Lake Maria State Park’s Winter Fun Day lived up to its name.
We all know the importance of getting children outdoors.  To be able to offer such an opportunity to your students, the Friends of Wild River State Park (FWRSP) have set aside funds to help you enjoy a day of learning and exploration at Wild River State Park. 
For the cross country skier, Duluth offers some of the best trails in the state. Five city trails provide 65K for every level such as Chester Bowl which is for advanced level skating-style cross-country skiing. Downhill skiing and ski jumping are also available at Chester Bowl. 
Winter fishing doesn’t have to mean chopping a hole in the ice and hoping you have the right spot to catch the right fish.            Along the 6,000 stream miles of the Root River in Southeastern Minnesota the water runs at a warm 40 degrees throughout the winter. This is perfect for active midges, caddis flies and hungry eastern, rainbow and brown trout to thrive despite the snow and cold.
About twelve years ago, Kristine Zellmer’s rescued Norwegian elkhound always ran away off leash. At her sister’s advice, Zellmer reluctantly hitched the dog to herself while skiing. Soon, they were dashing across a snowy lake for “the time of our lives.”Zellmer recounted, “[I] was so excited because I thought I’d invented a new sport.”
by Julie Holmquist, Outdoor Writer As a kid, former St Paul Pioneer Press columnist Beth Gauper tramped along frozen streams with her dad. Now she goes off the beaten track in snowshoes—often to carve out good experiences for the readers of her five-state travel website:  MidwestWeekends.com.
Cook County, the tip of northeastern Minnesota’s “arrowhead,” offers groomed trails in the wilderness. When it comes to cross-country skiing, two critical factors make for a memorable experience. Spectacular surroundings don’t make up for sloppy trails. Yet good grooming doesn’t compensate for dull scenery, either.
Pat Arndt started getting outside in her childhood days when her dad took their family of eight camping. She continues to spread that love of the outdoors in her work as DNR communications and outreach manager for state parks and trails.
By Dorian Grilley:Bike Alliance of Minnesota The city of Bemidji has recently granted the bronze Bicycle Friendly Community  designation by the League of American Bicyclists joining the growing number of cities around Minnesota to develop bike friendly communities!

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