Trails

Winter Trails Day, now in its 15th year, takes place Saturday, Jan. 9, at a number of locations across the upper Midwest.  There are over 100 locations across the northern tier of the U.S. and southern Canada and offers children and adults new to snowsports a chance to try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for free on that day.
  By Tim Ruzek, Post-Bulletin, Austin MN    At least a half-dozen people ventured onto the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center’s 9 miles of cross-country ski trails Monday morning.   That followed the center’s busiest weekend yet this winter for ski rentals, said Ryan Leveque, an intern teacher and naturalist.
By Lisa Kaczke, The Daily Journal, Published Monday, October 12, 2009   A decade-long hope for a bike path between Battle Lake and Glendalough State Park is expected to become a reality.   The proposed 12-mile paved path will be completed in several phases, with the last phase to be completed in 2014. The path is expected to be a multi-use, non-motorized, 10-foot-wide paved trail.
Most of us can’t even remember being three years old. For families who want to invest in a youngster’s lifelong appreciation of the outdoors in the winter, however, it’s a prime time to introduce mere toddlers to cross-country skiing. Needing only snow boots and strap-on skis, the very young outdoors person can enjoy this popular winter sport with the entire family. Without even the need to use...
by Barbie Porter   Progress on Frazee’s portion of the Heartland Trail is at a standstill, according to Frazee City Clerk Jon Smith.  
by Oakdale Lake Elmo Review
By Mike Rose | Austin Daily Herald Work should be underway soon on a new segment of a state recreational trail that winds through the area.On Tuesday, the Mower County board accepted a low bid of roughly $204,000 from Hansen Hauling and Excavating of Austin to do partial construction on a portion of the Shooting Star Trail between Rose Creek and Adams.County engineer Mike Hanson said the work,...
  Closed For Bridge Replacement A 1.5 mile section of the Heartland State Trail will temporarily be closed starting Friday, Sept. 18, so bridge replacement work can begin, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Contractors will replace the existing railroad trestle across the Shallow River with a new steel bridge with a concrete deck. The closure will be in effect for...
Shooting Star Trail by Mike Rose, Austin Daily Herald photo by Eric Johnson Mower County officials are ready to take a small step forward in completing a state trail that winds through the area.
By CRIS GEARS and LARRY BLACKSTAD   The Twin Cities and Minnesota boast one of the best networks of biking and hiking trails anywhere in the United States. In the Twin Cities, nearly 8.5 million visitors enjoy regional trails annually. It seems that almost as soon as fresh asphalt is put down, bikers, bladers, hikers and dog walkers discover a new treasure. However, with the growth in use of...

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