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Rush Creek Trail dedicated in Rushford


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

Standing at the sides of the new Rush Creek trailhead sign during the opening of the Rush Creek Trail dedication are (L to R) Christina Peterson, Steve Sarvi, Mayor Chris Hallum, Mark Engel and Robert Dahl. Photo by Peggi Redalen

After more than two years of planning and development, and countless hurdles, the first phase of the Rush Creek Trail project in Rushford is in its last steps to completion. The extension, which ties into the Root River Trail, runs north from the state trail, along the eastern top of the levee system and to Creekside Park, bringing recreational trail users near the restored Hoiland Mill and providing the opportunity to connect with the city’s Magelssen’s Bluff trail system.

Because of the trail’s location atop the levee system, careful planning and construction, including cooperation of multiple engineering firms as well as the Army Corp of Engineers and FEMA, was required. Although the trail received original grant approval in 2011, the plans were also often hindered by the vast specifications, which altered not only the design, but overall route and project timeline.

Funding for the trail is provided by state Legacy Grant funds in the amount of $175,000 and federal Trail Grant funds $125,000. City Clerk Kathy Zacher notes that while these types of grants are typically mathching fund grants, the city was able to have no direct cost by matching two grant projects together. So far, expenses for the trail development and construction exceed $200,000. The city is not required to draw down on unused grant funds.

The project initially called for a southern phase, which would run south of the state trail to a new canoe launch area at the intersection of Rush Creek and the Root River. However, due to close proximity to several homes in that area, the plan has once again shifted. According to Zacher, the DNR is still in favor of some southern phase, with the city and the DNR coordinating efforts, taking into account the Army Corps of Engineers’ stance on the use of that portion of the levee system for a trail. Nothing on the southern phase is definite to date.

The previously discussed use of the park north of Winona Street and west of Highway 43 for some type of center location and lot for the Rush Creek Trail and bluff trail system has been altered. “The Corps would not allow the new bike trail to go under the north end bridge, so it is routed a bit differently and stops at Creekside Park parking lot,” notes Zacher. “We are creating a new pedestrian and bike crossing on the north side of the bridge to get people safely across the highway. There will be additional signage at Creekside to show p .....
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Lanesboro Gun Club hosts youth Fun Shoot day

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

On a recent stroll down memory lane, Norrin Storelee and Dave Campbell recalled the early days of the Lanesboro Gun Club. Norrin recalls one Halloween when some folks were out at the gun club goofing around and some outhouses got knocked over. Not t ..... 
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Local bear hunter tags possible record holder

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When you think bear hunting, you may get the image of a burly, north woodsman holding a large rifle while stalking a massive beast. You may be surprised then to meet Jennifer Nolte, of Chatfield. The small-framed mother of three young children is ha ..... 
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Free wagon rides along the Lanesboro-Whalen State Trail

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Whalan The Great Outdoors

The Annual Wagon Ride along the Root River is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2012, beginning at the Sylvan Park in Lanesboro. Tractor pulled wagons will carry participants from the Sylvan Park in Lanesboro then travel to Whalen and back to ..... 
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Zumbro Valley Audubon Program: “Preston Chimney Swifts”

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

In 2011, Preston set the record for the largest number of swifts in the state of Minnesota. Please join Audubon members for an enjoyable evening of watching Chimney Swifts do their amazing dive into the large chimney attached to the TrailHead Inn & ..... 
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National Trout Center holds raffle for great prizes

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Here’s your chance to win a Headwaters Bamboo Rod (Model: Peerless Santiam 7’0” 5/6 wt Medium) valued at $800 and a box of seven dozen hand-tied flies by Lyle Besse valued at $200. To view these items please visit the National Trout Center’s ..... 
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Restoration of Minneopa State Park waterfall bridge will limit park access

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

An extensive reconstruction of the 90-year-old waterfall bridge at Minneopa State Park will limit access to certain areas of the park over the next three months, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "The waterfall brid ..... 
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1899 Independence Day celebration at Historic Forestville

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Join us for an Independence Day celebration with a flavor of the 19th century! The Grand Ceremony with the reading of the Decleration of Independence begins at 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a food concession provided by the Friends of Forestville which includes K ..... 
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