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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 Lanesboro.

There will be two rides. The first will begin loading at 8:30 a.m. The second ride will begin loading at 12:30 p.m. Each ride will be approximately 2 ½ hours round trip.

All seniors (55 years of age and older), companions and disabled individuals are welcome.

Participants have the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty along the Lanesboro-Whalen Valley Bike Trail at no cost!

Semcac Senior Dining will have a Barbeque Lunch available at Sylvan Park for those who wish to participate (registration is required). The menu will be barbeques, baked beans, fruit cup, dessert and milk. The suggested cost for the meal is $3.50 for 60 years of age and older and $6.00 for under 60 years of age. Participants may enjoy Senior Dining after the morning wagon ride or before the afternoon wagon ride.

Reservations for the wagon rides are strongly recommended as seating is limited to 125 people on each ride. Call Historic Bluff Country at 800-428-2030 or 507-864-2992 or e-mail hbc@bluffcountry.com, for wagon ride and senior dining reservations by August 29, 2012. When making reservations registrants should provide a phone number, group affiliation (if any), the number of riders in the group, as well as any special needs group members may need.

Semcac’s retired and Senior Volunteer Program, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Historic Bluff Country, Inc. are sponsoring the event.

Coffee, donuts and baked goods will be provided at the Sylan Park in Lanesboro. Restrooms will also be available.

In case of bad weather (heavy rains and storms) the wagon ride will be cancelled.

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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FREE! Fly casting, fly tying and fishing instruction with the federation of fly fishers

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Join us on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the National Trout Center in Preston, MN for a full day of free fly fishing activities. Learn from the best. The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) is a highly respected national organization, well known for produ ..... 
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National Bike Month promotes health in children in Harmony and Preston

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce and Preston Tourism are proud announce the “Harmony-Preston Biking Passport” for all children and youth up to age 18. To celebrate National Bike Month in May and to encourage local children and youth to use o ..... 
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Prairie Walk at Houston Nature Center

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in The Great Outdoors

Come for an easy one hour walk along the award-winning Houston levee prairie in Trailhead Park. Find out why cord grass can give you welts and which plant holds water for the birds to drink. Smell the plant that bears the same name as an ingredient ..... 
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