Desiree Menk Rolling hills, farms, lakes and ‘no cars’ signs are all some of the benefits of the 49 mile mostly-paved trail of Heartland that are soon going west. The current Heartland State Trail is from Park Rapids to Cass Lake. Under the new plan it will head west to Moorhead. The project is in the planning phase. Even though it is still in the planning phase, the future part extending west...
Biking, walking trail embracedBy Mark Fischenich The Free Press Area lawmakers are considering seeking $400,000 in state funds to do preliminary studies of a biking and walking trail between Mankato and St. Peter along the Minnesota River.
By Laurie Blake, Star Tribune Three Rivers Park District will mark the grand opening later this month of its scenic Dakota Rail Trail between Wayzata and St. Bonifacius -- 13 miles of paved bike and walking paths that weave along the inlets of Lake Minnetonka, providing spectacular views along the way.

Beautiful views on the ski trails around Winona photo Mary Farrell
Southern Minnesota has a wide variety of state parks, forests and recreational trails that offer fine cross country skiing. Many rivers provide high vistas and abundant wildlife to view. The southern half of Minnesota offers rolling bluff country in the east and wide-open prairies in the west with regions of old-growth forest in between.
Amongst Detroit Lakes’ lengthy list of attributes is location. Besides being nestled amongst a multitude of sparkling lakes and picturesque beaches, three major biomes meet surrounding our fair city, making it the ideal spot for hosting the Festival of Birds.
If you want to play in the snow, Elm Creek Park Reserve is the place to go. Even when there's no snow anywhere else, Elm Creek will make snow. That’s why this 5,000 acres park, bordering Maple Grove, Dayton and Champlin, attracts visitors from throughout the Twin Cities. The park makes snow every night for its ski trails and hills. It's the only metro park that makes snow for people who want to...



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