The map-based wilderness sport is defined by deep woods, on-the-run problem solving and aerobic output via foot, bike and kayak.   By STEPHEN REGENOLD, Special to the Star Tribune   The checkpoint flag was hidden in a swamp. My shoes were sinking into muck, cattails and reeds spiking overhead in a dank wetland near the Minnesota River.
  Established in 1891, Itasca is Minnesota’s oldest state park. The park is located about 20 miles north of Park Rapids and within its boundaries is the headwaters of the Mississippi River.  
  By Dick Herfindahl, Woods & Water   It’s hard to believe that we seem to have flown right past the longest day of the year, also known as the summer solstice. We anxiously anticipate spring and the next thing you know the days are getting shorter and we’re scratching our heads wondering where the heck did summer go. Well I’m here to tell you that it’s far from over and the best is yet to...
By Lake County News-Chronicle   The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will treat 70,000 acres in Cook and Lake Counties next week in an effort to control gypsy moth infestations. The treatments will start July 14 and should be completed by Friday, July 17, weather permitting.  
With information from Curt Johnson, Explore MN Tourism For generations, Minnesotans have been making pilgrimages to the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park. The beginning of the Mighty Mississippi is 1,475 feet above sea level as it begins to flow on its winding way 2552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico.
By Melissa Ganje MOOSE LAKE - They are more than a billion years old and found right here in the Northland.  At Moose Lake State Park., a Gem and Mineral Center connects people with geology.
by: Elizabeth Baier, Minnesota Public Radio St. Paul, Minn. — Two new laws in Minnesota will affect hunters and anglers around the state starting on Wednesday.
Weekend Programs at Wild River State Park for July 3-5 by: Minnesota DNR
By: Mike Rose, Austin Daily Herald Amid an economic recession, many Americans are expected to take more locally-based vacations this summer, which is good news for a newly remodeled local park. Beaver Trails Park in Austin became a national Jellystone Park in April. With Yogi Bear and friends on board the park has already seen about a 20 percent boost in visitors, owner Laura Tolner said, and...



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