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Saturday Is National Get Outdoors Day, See A Full List of Events Here

Saturday, June 11, is National Get Outdoors Day and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced many special events taking place across the state, including a historic "Total Takeover", the perfect way to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails .

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State Parks Expand Self-Service Options as Attendance Booms

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reporting that Minnesota state parks have already seen a record number of visitors this year, but that doesn't mean you can't find a great place to relax over Memorial Day weekend.

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With Campfire Season Upon On Us, Remember to Play It Safe with Fire

Memorial Day weekend may not provide perfect weather for campfires this year, but it can't hurt to try when a weather window allows.  From this weekend on, there will be more and more fires and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to be safe with campfires at all times.   

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Outdoor Novices in Minnesota Can Register Now For Great Outdoor Programs

Every year, several people I know mention to me that they'd love to get outdoors more and enjoy summers differently in the Northland.  The Minnesota DNR must hear the same things, because they set up a series of great programs to get everyone outside, and registration is going on now.

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Minnesota State Parks to Make Customer Service Improvements

If you're looking forward to camping this year in Minnesota, then you'll appreciate the the customer service improvements recently announced by the Minnesota Department of Nature Resources.

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Reservations Due by Jan. 31 For Seasonal and Monthly Camping at Minnesota State Parks

It may be a tough time to think about camping with the cold and the snow, but you must plan ahead if you'd like to nab one of the few campsites available for longer stays, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Photo credit: Ken Hayes
Photo credit: Ken Hayes
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Why A Good Fishing Guide is Worth The Money

I consider myself a pretty decent fisherman.  I have my favorite fishing spots.  I catch fish more often than I get skunked.   I'm nowhere near pro, but I've never thought about having a guide.  After my first guided trip, I've changed my mind.

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Yeticoolers via YouTube
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Have You Heard of A Yeti Cooler? They’re Tough Enough To Take on A 500 Pound Man [VIDEO]

When Chris Janson's song "Buy Me A Boat" came out, Cathy and I started wondering what the lyrics "a Yeti 110 iced down with silver bullets" was all about.  I knew he was referring to Coors Light in the song lyrics, but I was unaware of Yeti coolers and how cool they are.  Check this pretty funny video out to see how tough they are.

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broken camper axle
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Cathy Kates Trades Yellowstone Vacation In For Local Camp Dale

We were SUPPOSED to go to Yellowstone.  We had been planning this vacation since the gas prices had dropped.  We nervously watched the gas prices rising but after months of planning nothing was going to stop us now, except a broken camper axle.  That prompted us to choose a much closer camping location that bears a bit of explaining.

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Courtesy of the Minnesota DNR
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Learn Camping Basics at Lake Bemidji State Park

Having just returned from a camping trip, I was reminded of how fun camping can be.  It's also a great way to spend time with your family and friends.  However, if you're not used to doing it, it can seem like quite a hassle, which is why this program from the Minnesota DNR is so cool.

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Here’s Why You Need A LED Light for Your Truck Bed! [VIDEO]

People have been asking what I did on my week off from work.  A lot of the time I was sitting around a campfire at the cabin, or hanging out in the woods.  This was the first time I got to try out my new toy:  a bed LED light for my truck.  It's awesome, check it out!

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RV Camping
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4 Best Places To Camp Near Duluth And Superior

Many people will argue that what I do isn't camping.  Ken made that painful obvious when he blogged the differences between his camping trip and mine entitled Tent Camping Versus RV Camping a few years back...

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