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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 new amenity on our trails,” says Andrew Korsberg, DNR state trail program coordinator. “They make it easy to pump up tires or do some light maintenance on your bike while out on a ride.”

Tune-up stations are now available along the following state trails, state parks and recreation areas:

•Root River/Harmony-Preston Valley state trails – eight stations.

•Paul Bunyan State Trail – five stations.

•Heartland State Trail – three stations.

•Gateway/Brown’s Creek state trails – three stations.

•Luce Line State Trail – one station.

•Willard Munger State Trail – three stations.

•Douglas State Trail – one station.

•Cuyuna Lakes State Trail/Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area – two stations.

•Fort Snelling State Park – one station.

•William O’Brien State Park – one station.

•Jay Cooke State Park – one station.

•Gooseberry Falls State Park – one station.

•Split Rock Lighthouse State Park – one station.

The stations were purchased as part of the Pedal Minnesota (www.pedalmn.com) initiative, which strives to make Minn. the “Bike Friendly State”. Funding for most of the stations was made possible through a grant from the Federal Recreational Trails Program and matching state funds. One station was purchased by the Gateway-Brown’s Creek Trail Association and another by the Preston Community Foundation and the Preston Tourism Board.

For more information on biking in Minnesota’s state parks and on state trails, and to access a map with locations of the new tune-up stations, visit www.mndnr.gov/biking.

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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Help us conserve bees, protect sensitive areas

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Conserving bees and other sensitive species and foliage requires effort from everyone. We need your help identifying areas that might be sensitive to pesticide or fertilizer spraying. Every year Farmers Co-op Elevator employees attend applicator t ..... 
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Preston hears NTC update

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

George Spangler, NTC board of directors chairman, presented a detailed five year review of the National Trout Center since its inception in 2009 at the Preston City Council’s March 16 meeting. Councilman Charles Sparks was absent. The environmen ..... 
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Barrel racing is an exciting sport

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Sports fans and athletes have a plethora of sports to enjoy in this country and around the world, and those options include equestrian events. Equestrian sports have a deep-rooted history and have inspired some avid fans, including those enamored wi ..... 
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Magnum Sports offers archery for all

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield The Great Outdoors

When MSX NexGen corporation began, it was simply a business started in a garage. Since that point, it has expanded greatly to include equipment, ranges, and lessons for all hunting and fishing sports needs. Regarding their selection of hunting a ..... 
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Italian and Dutchman to speak at Owl Festival banquet in Caledonia

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The International Festival of Owls has the word ‘international’ in its name for a reason: it is where the annual World Owl Hall of Fame Awards are presented. Past owl experts who have traveled to the festival to receive awards have come from as ..... 
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No CWD detected among sampled deer in southeastern Minnesota

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

No chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in hunter-harvested deer in southeastern Minnesota during the 2014 firearms season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The discovery of the disease in a wild deer earlier this ..... 
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