Parks

By: Don Begalle At 450 acres (someday perhaps to grow to its 1654-acre statutory size), it is a small park with basic offerings. A shaded picnic area provides a pleasant rest stop for U.S. 61 travelers  and a small walk-in campground offers a jumping off point for the area’s other parks. For a hiker, the park’s single trail to the top of Mount Charity can be a rewarding challenge.
By: Hank Long, Woodbury Bulletin Any veteran who has a total and permanent service-connected disability will be eligible to receive a free Washington County annual vehicle park permit, after approval by the Washington County Board of Commissioners June 23. The program follows a similar program offered by the Minnesota State Park system. It would also be open to military personnel on leave and...
By: Sam Cookscook, Duluth News Tribune And then you have your hidden gems, the unsung, out-of-the-way but still amazing places in the Northeastern Minnesota landscape. These are places where you can hike remote trails, ride bicycles, catch fish, marvel at moving water and contemplate ancient pines.
By: Northland Outdoors The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a deal for motorcycle owners - unlimited access to the scenery and special events at 72 state parks and recreation areas for a year for $20. The state park motorcycle permit fits in a wallet, unlike the standard $25 vehicle permit that sticks to a windshield. Demand for these new permits has risen steadily since the...
By: Jim Rueda, Free Press Sports Editor It’s a Friday afternoon in late June. Walking through the campground at Minneopa State Park, there are two things that stick out. The first is the plush, green vegetation surrounding the campsites. The second is the silence and sense of solitude.
State Sen. Chuck WigerDistrict 55
By: Nancy Vogt nancy.vogt@pequatlakesecho.com Trading in his sweater and sportcoat for bike wear and helmet, U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and a contingent of bicyclists took to the Paul Bunyan Trail on Sunday, June 7, to celebrate the sport of biking, as well as the trail system. The 12th annual Ride With Jim took cyclists from Nisswa to Pine River and back, for a 28-mile roundtrip ride. "You can tell...
By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe LUVERNE — The Blue Mounds State Park will offer a variety of interpretive programs this weekend at the park north of Luverne. On Friday, the park will host Star Sensation at 10:30 p.m. at the interpretive center. Visitors can look through the center’s telescope at the stars and constellations and learn more about them. On Saturday, a scavenger hunt hike...
Despite public assurances from DNR officials that no side deals with U.S. Steel were being worked on, documents show what state negotiators have offered, or at least considered, during the negotiations: By MARK BRUNSWICK, Star Tribune Like an eager car buyer willing to pay extra for floor mats and undercoating, the state of Minnesota has sweetened several offers as it tries to persuade U.S. Steel...
By: Cliff Terry; Special to the Tribune The mighty Mississippi, dreaded downstream for raging floods, is a mere burble at its headwaters in northwest Minnesota's Itasca State Park. Indeed, new visitors to the park seemingly follow a game plan: Drive to the headwaters of the Mississippi River, take off your shoes, wade in the little stream's shallow water, climb on its conveniently placed...

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