Winter camping via bike

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If you ask mountain climbers why they climbed the mountain they just might say, “because it was there.”  That is pretty much the same reason four Alexandria men set off from town to bike 15 miles to Lake Carlos State Park in 15-degree weather with a 10 mile an hour wind to camp in the dead of winter.

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MN
United States
46° 0' 1.0836" N, 95° 20' 43.3104" W
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City Loppet this weekend

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The largest urban cross-country ski festival in the lower 48 states will be held February 2nd and 3rd 2013 in Minneapolis. More than just great ski events – the Loppet is a winter festival for the entire family.  With over 13 events - including ski races, bike races, snow sculptures, orienteering and lots of games played on snow- the Loppet Festival is a great way to get out, enjoy and celebrate winter in Minnesota.

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MN
United States
44° 56' 57.0804" N, 93° 18' 3.312" W
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Cook County gets snow

Grand Marais, MN January 25, 2013 – Hold onto your long johns! Recent weather systems dumped nearly a foot of snow on Cook County, Minnesota, refreshing its hundreds of miles of ski, snowshoe and snowmobile trails and creating picture-perfect conditions for the annual Winter Tracks Festival.

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MN
United States
47° 45' 6.444" N, 90° 19' 58.8828" W
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Dayton's parks & trails friendly budget

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The budgeting process for the state’s next biennium (July 2013 – June 2015) got into full swing yesterday as Gov. Mark Dayton released his budget proposal this week that shows he recognizes the importance of our parks and trails, as he has increased the general fund appropriation by $4.5 million over last biennium. Such an increase is an important step in the right direction, especially with the knowledge that the governor is working to fix a $1 billion deficit in the state’s overall budget.

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MN
United States
44° 56' 29.3028" N, 93° 5' 13.7688" W
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North Shore River Skiing

Late in February our group put our cross country skis on at the bridge over the Manitou River. We had driven up Lake County Rd 7, beyond George H Crosby Manitou State Park. At first the river was pancake flat, meandering thru willow thickets.

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MN
United States
47° 51' 35.7732" N, 90° 3' 54.8316" W
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Wild River Candlelight Night January 26

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Mark your calendar!  January 26, 6-9 pm will present the Annual Candlelight Night at Wild River State Park.  With hundreds of luminaries, live musical entertainment, ongoing activities, cookies and hot cider, Minnesota’s largest prairie bonfire, star gazing, the chance to win a cross-country ski package, and miles of candle-lit walking, skiing, and snowshoeing, this is sure to be a magical experience for all ages and abilities.

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MN
United States
45° 29' 16.1412" N, 92° 44' 15.5616" W
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Itasca’s Lantern-lit hike includes concert

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Due to ice and poor snow conditions, the Lantern Lit event scheduled at Itasca State Park on Saturday, January 19, 2013, will be a lantern lit hike. Hikers will be following the bicycle and self-guided trails by the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. An alternate route has been selected and will be on partially packed snow. Participants need to wear snow boots with slip-resistant soles and good treads.

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MN
United States
47° 9' 52.2324" N, 95° 11' 45.0492" W
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Central Gunflint ski trail conditions holding up

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Despite the recent rain, the ski trails have held up quite well. With the recent new snowfall from yesterday, both Bearskin and Golden Eagle have been able to get out on the trails with snowmobiles and pack it in.

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MN
United States
47° 54' 32.3208" N, 90° 14' 52.3644" W
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Lac qui Parle State Park sets Winter Fun Day

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    Lac qui Parle State Park, near Montevideo in southwestern Minnesota, will host a group snowshoe hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. The hike, which is suitable for beginner-level snowshoers of all ages, will begin with a talk about the park, its wildlife and how to identify animal tracks.

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MN
United States
45° 1' 22.17" N, 95° 53' 1.914" W
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