On Tuesday, the state of Minnesota finalized an $18 million deal with U.S. Steel to acquire 3,000 acres along Lake Vermilion in northeast Minnesota for the state's first park in 30 years. The Department of Natural Resources will now begin to develop the park's facilities, like roads, trails, visitor centers, and campgrounds. It will take several years to complete construction of the park--and a...
by Doug Smith   48 ACRES ADDED TO WILLIAM O’BRIEN   William O’Brien State Park, one of the metro region’s most popular, recently acquired a 48-acre donation from Peter and Sally Anson.   The couple have donated 200 acres to the park since 1993.
by Tom Cherveny, West Central Tribune   NEW LONDON — Is it possible for spring to come too early to Minnesota?   It did for those who love the drip, drip, drip of maple sap and the syrup to be made from it.  
by Hometown Source   Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins and Minnesota State Parks and Trails today (Tuesday, April 6) announced a new partnership to promote outdoor recreation and continue the Twins commitment to environmental responsibility called Break a Bat, Plant a Tree.  
Two new camper cabins, heated and wired with electricity, have opened at Afton State Park near a bluff overlooking the St. Croix River.   The White Pine and Bur Oak cabins are located by the park’s group campsite. The new cabins, one of which is accessible, are available year-round at a cost of $50 per night, smoke-free, and sleep up to six people. Two more camper cabins will open in the coming...
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  by T.W. Budig, ECM Capitol reporter   Gov. Tim Pawlenty believes it will be one of the most spectacular state parks in the United States. Pawlenty announced the State of Minnesota and U.S. Steel had reached an agreement on the sale of 3,000 acres of land on the eastern shore of Lake Vermilion for a new state park.
  When the winter months arrive, many people go into a long hibernation. But for those who would like a little adventure outside, Minnesota’s State Parks still offer some scenic winter options, such as snowshoeing and cross country skiing.   Just a half-hour drive away from downtown St. Paul, Afton State Park has all the woods, trails and solitude that you would find by driving way up north.   
Minnesota state parks and state trails will host 30 candlelight events this winter, including a New Year's Eve walk-and-skate at Fort Snelling State Park. The Minnesota DNR says the family-friendly events provide an opportunity to ski, snowshoe or hike through woods and prairies on trails illuminated by the warm glow of candles. Park and trail visitors can then warm up around a fire and roast...
by Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio, December 14, 2009   St. Paul, Minn. — A former federal research site along the Mississippi River that contains a 10,000-year-old natural spring will be opened to the public as parkland, the National Park Service announced Monday.  



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