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With winter trail recreation strong, DNR urges caution


Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

With winter trail recreation up this year, the Department of Natural Resources advises people to be aware that some winter trails, such as groomed ski trails, are not open to bicyclists.

“We have had a great snowmobile and cross-country ski season so far,” said Andrew Korsberg, State Trail Program Coordinator for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “Snowmobile registrations and ski pass sales are up from last year, and we have seen an increased interest in other types of winter sports, such as winter bicycling.”

The DNR grooms, plows and packs trails for many types of winter recreation and asks trail users to pay close attention to which are which. There are legal restrictions on trail use in some cases and safety considerations in others.

In addition to the usual questions about whether it’s OK to walk or snowshoe on groomed ski trails (it’s not), the DNR has been getting a variety of questions this year about where fat bikes are allowed.

Fat bikes have wide, low-pressure tires designed for use on snow and sand. They are not allowed on groomed ski trails. They are also prohibited on the state’s 21,000 miles of grant-in-aid snowmobile trails, many of which are on private property, where landowners have given permission only for snowmobiling.

For winter cycling enthusiasts, there is an increasing number of places to ride fat bikes throughout the state. There are about 10 miles of groomed trails for fat bikes at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area near Brainerd.

The DNR also allows fat bikes on two state trails in the Twin Cities. In the east metro, fat bikes can ride the 12-mile stretch of the Gateway State Trail from Cayuga Street to Jamaca Avenue. In the west metro, they can ride the 7-mile segment of the Luce Line State Trail, from Vicksburg Lane to Stubbs Bay Road.

For more information about the fat-bike trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, visit www.mndnr.gov/cuyuna.

Find maps of the Gateway (www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/gateway/index.html) and Luce Line (www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/luce_line/index.html) state trails online or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or call 651-296-6157, toll-free 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Legacy Amendment funds habitat restoration near Root River Trail

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Thirty acres of rare habitat in southeastern Minnesota are getting an ecological makeover thanks to a voter-approved tax and a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy. Located three miles north of Preston ..... 
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Even kids put the “International” in the Festival of Owls

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

By Karla Bloem When the Friends of the Houston Nature Center started the Owl Festival way back in 2003, it was simply called the Festival of Owls. Then in 2007 they added the World Owl Hall of Fame and people began flying to Houston from all over t ..... 
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The National Trapper’s Association brings their biggest trapping and outdoor expo to Escanaba, Mich.

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Trappers and their families from across the U.S. and Canada are putting in for vacation days for July 24-27, 2014 to attend the NTA Expo in Escanaba, Mich. at the U.P. State Fairgrounds. This will be one of the biggest outdoor events ever held in Mi ..... 
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Fillmore County survives arctic cold, polar vortex moves out

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

For the first time in 17 years, all Minnesota public schools were ordered closed by Governor Mark Dayton on Monday, January 6 due to dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills. The last Minnesota governor to close public schools statewide was Arn ..... 
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Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-off

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Let it snow - just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office on Saturday evening, January 18 to ski on the trail and to test-taste some wonderful chili contest entri ..... 
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DNR launches habitat restoration projects at two southeast SNAs

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will conduct habitat restoration projects involving tree removal and other work this winter on two state nature preserves in the southeast corner of the state. At Mound Prairie Scientific and Natural A ..... 
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Minnesota Encourages Customers to Make Winter Safety Checks as we Prepare for Below Zero Temperatures

Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Rosemount, MN – As weather reports indicate another round of below zero temperatures is expected, Minnesota Energy Resource encourages residents to put ‘safety first’ and offers the following information to ensure customers stay safe and war ..... 
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The National Trout Center, an investment in our future

Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The New Year celebrates the fifth operating year of the National Trout Center (NTC) in Preston, Minn. Conceived in 2009 by the Preston Economic Development Authority as a regional economic development engine, the NTC showcases the extraordinary land ..... 
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