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Last summer, Bill Nedderman made a detour. As he planned the route for a solo kayak trip from Rocky Mountain House in Alberta to Montreal, Quebec, retracing an old voyageur trail, he didn't want to repeat a path he had already traveled along the U.S.-Canada border in the Boundary Waters.
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
There are people who can’t put their bikes away for the winter.             Many of them are bike commuters, some just want to visit friends or they simply need to pick up the groceries.
           Ever feel torn between cross-country skiing and walking your dog?             You may want to try Skijoring, the sport that combines cross-country skiing with dog sledding, providing fun for both you and your dog.
There isn’t a better way to see Minnesota than on a bicycle built for two.             That’s what Louise and Jeff Davis of Seattle, Washington, told friends when they returned home from a five-week bike tour of Minnesota’s bike trails with an extra two weeks across Wisconsin.
           I’ve been dreaming of canoeing the chain of crystal clear mining and natural lakes at Cuyuna Country Recreation Area ever since I rode their paved bike trail in 2006. The old Cuyuna mine was abandoned some 30 years ago and became a 5,000-acre recreation area in 1993.
There isn’t anything much more American than spending the 4th of July weekend at a state park. While simply going for a hike, a bike ride, or a paddle is a sure-fire way to have a good holiday weekend, the parks will also have lots of programs to offer. From live concerts to boat parades, we’ve picked some of the most promising events scheduled at parks across Minnesota this Independence Day....
I’ll be honest:  When my review copy of "Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota’s State Parks" arrived in the mail last week, I was caught by surprise.
Everyone knows that Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer in Minnesota. The current blast of hot and humid weather has gotten a lot of folks pulling out the shorts and sandals, and looking for ways to enjoy our state’s great outdoors. We’ve picked some of the most promising events and opportunities for fun scheduled in Minnesota’s state parks and trails this holiday weekend.
Push, Pull, Ski, Mush and Eat! One wonderful weekend on the Gunflint. Our weekend began with our little Honda with brand new (but woefully poor) tires getting hopelessly stuck on the perfectly plowed driveway to Cabin 3 at Bearskin Lodge. My wife, Judy, and I were thankful Bob McCloughan, Bearskin’s owner, came to the rescue and pulled our Honda up the two percent grade.



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