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More Than Just Parks on Vimeo
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Voyageurs National Park Highlighted In A Filmmakers Stunning Video

Voyageurs National Park is a treasure that we have in the State of MN just a short drive north of here.  If you've never been there, it's definitely worth a visit.  Filmmakers from Georgia recently made a video highlighting the breathtaking beauty. 

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Homie Kates
Homie Kates
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Feel The Crisp Autumn Beauty Of Ashland And The Bayfield Apple Festival With Pictures [Photo Gallery]

Because my husband is involved with the Swain Cross Country Meet, I only get to Bayfield's Apple Festival every three years.  This year we camped in the quaint town of Ashland, WI and day tripped through the colorful autumn foliage to Bayfield.  The photo opportunities were abundant and I wanted to share them with you.

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City Of Duluth Looks For Volunteers To Help Tip Roses At The Rose Garden

You don't have to have a green thumb to help "tip the roses" at the Leif Erikson Park Rose Garden in Duluth.  In fact, you could use this as a learning experience. Tipping roses needs to be done when the weather starts to turn cooler.  It helps to protect the plant, almost puts it in a sort of hibernation mode.  Can you help?

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Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
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You Can Help Construct A Boardwalk At Pattison State Park And Camp In The Process

Pattison State Park was one of my mom's favorite place for picnics when I was a child.  I loved it because I got to swim!  Eve, a Facebook friend shared that they will be working on changing the infrastructure of Pattison Park and your help would be appreciated, plus you can camp overnight for free because it will be a two day process.  Are you in?

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Paul Stemets via YouTube
Paul Stemets via YouTube
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This Time Lapse Video Of Mushrooms Growing Is Way Cooler Than It Sounds [VIDEO]

Who would have thought that the coolest thing I've seen today is mushrooms growing?  This video is pretty spectacular.  And this fungi expert has some pretty far out there ideas about communicating with nature.  But hey, he's got our attention.

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Permission:  U.S. Forest Service
Permission: U.S. Forest Service
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Love To Be In The Great Outdoors? The U.S. Forest Service Is Having A Hiring Fair

If you love to work outdoors or recently graduated with a major that would have you seeking a position with the Forestry Service, there's a hiring fair coming up that could help you realize your career goals.  There will be a Student and Recent Graduate Hiring Event with the U.S. Forestry Service coming up in November.

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Sandra Mu - Getty Images
Sandra Mu - Getty Images
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Expect a Good Waterfowl Opener This Weekend In Minnesota

If you plan on duck hunting this weekend for the Minnesota waterfowl opener, there is encouraging news from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Minnesota’s 2016 Ruffed Grouse Season Opens Saturday, Find Hunting Spots Here

With the 2016 ruffed grouse season opening in Minnesota Saturday, September 17, anyone with internet access can now utilize online tools help find the best places to hunt.

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Why It’s A Crappy Idea For Tourists In Canal Park To Feed The Seagulls

As a native of the Northland I'm no stranger to hearing people complain about the tourists feeding the seagulls.  I've always thought "oh let em' have their fun, they don't have gulls where they live".   Until last night when it hit me....literally.

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Josh Koop-TSM Duluth
Josh Koop-TSM Duluth
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You Can Touch A Live Sturgeon At The Great Lakes Aquarium, Alan Kisses One During Feeding

If you haven't visited the Great Lakes Aquarium lately it should be on your "to do" list to see the new Unsalted Seas Exhibit.  My favorite (and always will be) is the Otters, those little playful honeys!  But, my friend Alan White told me the tale that he gets to kiss the sturgeon and THAT I HAD to see.

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The winner, designed by Michelle Vesaas -- Courtesy of MN DNR
The winner, designed by Michelle Vesaas -- Courtesy of MN DNR
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Voters Choose New Minnesota Parks and Trails License Plate

Recently, the finalists were revealed for the new Minnesota Parks and Trails license plate design contest.  After a week of online voting, during which more than 30,000 votes were cast, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith today announced the winner of the contest.

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Cathy Shows No Fear, Ken Freaks with Rosie a Lake Superior Zoo’s Tarantula [VIDEO]

When I first got the call that the Lake Superior Zoo wanted to come for a visit with a tarantula, I didn't think it would be that big of a deal.  Boy, was I wrong!  Ken was freaking out to the point of literally making audible sounds that I've never heard come out of his mouth before.  That made me even more brave to have Rosie crawl on my arm...well, sorta brave.

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