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Landowner contracts secured to extend Harmony-Preston Valley bike trail to Iowa


Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony The Great Outdoors

The City of Harmony is pleased to announce they have secured purchase option contracts from the necessary landowners to extend the Harmony-Preston Valley bike trail from Harmony to Niagara Cave and the Iowa border once funding for the project is made available. The goal of extending the trail to Niagara Cave and the Iowa border was identified in 1989 when the Governor’s Design Team came to Harmony and suggested potential projects that would serve to strengthen the community.

This milestone is the culmination of many years of patient work by volunteers and city officials and falls on the heels of more than a dozen generous landowners supporting the initiative. Once constructed, visitors to Harmony will have easy trail access to the region’s premier natural feature, Niagara Cave. It is anticipated that Howard and Winneshiek Counties will eventually join their developing trail system to this new terminus. When this happens, the region will boast a 120-mile trail corridor spanning both the scenic Root River and Upper Iowa River watersheds and improving the region as a destination for recreationalists.

Securing the necessary funding to purchase the land and construct the trail is the next step in development of the proposed extension. Representative Greg Davids and Senator Jeremy Miller are in support of this project and have introduced legislation to authorize funding for the trail this session through House file 2920 and Senate file 2727. The total project cost is an estimated 1.5 million dollars. State funding for the project through bonding will be critical for its timely completion. On March 29th members of the trail committee and Economic Development Authority testified before the Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy Committee. Hearings on the bills will next be held in front of the Capital Investment Committee.

Bluff Tracks trail system development eyes economic impact

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 8th, 2016
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

Development of a multifaceted recreational trail system, centered in the Rushford Peterson Valley, continues to gain momentum. The Bluff Tracks Recreational Trail System seeks to enhance the existing natural beauty of the area, while providing a var ..... 
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Snakes of the Blufflands

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Sixteen of Minnesota’s seventeen kinds of snakes live in the blufflands.  On Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m., come to the Houston Nature Center to learn how we can live, work and recreate and still conserve these awesome creatures. Find out how rattle ..... 
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Newest state record fish hooked in Root River, again

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

May 8 is turning into a red-letter date for angler Chad Wentzel. Last year on that day, Wentzel landed the state record golden redhorse. A year later to the day, on the bank of the Root River in Fillmore County, he broke his own state record by on ..... 
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Check for ticks

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Tick-related illness is common from June to August. Fillmore County Public Health reminds you to protect yourself from black-legged tick bites so that you do not become ill from Lyme disease. Lyme disease symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, ..... 
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Fillmore County residents invited to public meeting concerning emerald ash borer Public can also weigh in on adoption of a formal quarantine of Fillmore County

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Residents in Fillmore County are invited to a public meeting on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 regarding the discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the county. On April 24, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed an EABV infestatio ..... 
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Minnesota state parks and trails offer new bike tune-up stations

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has installed 31 new bicycle tune-up stations in state parks and on state trails. The stations are equipped with basic bike maintenance tools, including air pumps. “These stations are a convenient n ..... 
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Minnesota state parks and trails launch new statewide geocaching challenge

Wed, Apr 22nd, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day by answering “the call of the wildflowers” by participating in a new statewide geocaching adventure that begins today, April 22. Camouflaged containers are hidden and waiting to be discovered throughout ..... 
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That squirrel is not an albino, probably.

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Most white squirrels are not albino squirrels, but are those who have a white fur coat due to leucism, which is caused by a recessive gene found in certain eastern gray squirrels. In short, most of the white squirrels are not albinos, but both term ..... 
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