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Stillwater’s Next Historic Stairs Fitness Hike is Saturday, May 28

Washington County’s next guided fitness hike of Stillwater’s historic stairs is Saturday, May 28 beginning at the Historic Courthouse. The monthly Historic Stairs Fitness Hikes happen on the fourth Saturday of the month, from 9-10 a.m.

The 60 minute hike includes a warm-up with fitness challenges and stair-climbing along a route that offers unique views and history highlights. Parking is available at the Historic Courthouse. The group meets inside the first floor hallway. The hikes are for ages 13 or older. Continue Reading →

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Public Hearing Set for Proposed Mountain Biking Trail in Oak Park Heights

The Oak Park Heights Parks Commission is holding a public hearing tonight for a revised proposal of a mountain biking trail at Valley View Park. The nonprofit group Stillwater Area Scholastic Cycling Advocates (SASCA) are proposing 2.5 miles of single-track mountain biking trails at Valley View Park in support of the Stillwater Area High School Mountain Biking Team. The public hearing will be held on Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at Oak Park Heights City Hall. View the proposal

The trail, located about 3 miles from the high school, would be designed primarily for mountain bikers, walkers, hikers and runners, according to city documents. The trail may also be used for fat tire snow biking and snowshoeing in the winter. Continue Reading →

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Video: Minnesota Aviation Team Rescues Stillwater Hiker Stranded on North Shore Trail

A 62-year-old Stillwater woman was rescued Monday afternoon after she dislocated her hip while hiking at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Lori Mildon was hiking on the North Shore when she sat down to rest during her hike, Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Schweigart said during a press conference. When Mildon tried to stand up, she collapsed with a dislocated hip and was unable to walk. The Lake County Rescue Squad responded at about 1:52 p.m. to a rescue call for a hiker who was stranded on a trail. First responders determined that portion of the trail was best reached by air, so the Minnesota Aviation Rescue Team –a partnership between the St. Continue Reading →

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StillwaterEats!: New Gateway Trail Food Truck’s Grand Opening is Saturday

The Gateway Trailside food trailer is having a grand opening party this weekend at Mile Marker 15 on the Gateway Trail in Grant. Tamra Hartman Johnson’s food trailer — parked on family property between Lansing Avenue and Highway 96 — offers trail users cold drinks and snacks, a menu ranging from hummus and crackers to burgers and brats, and apple fritters to homemade Italian gelato. Everything on the menu is priced at $5 or less. Take a look:

The Gateway Trailside is open Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. //

Posted by Gateway Trailside on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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Explore Washington County Parks for Free on June 6

You can enjoy Washington County Parks for free on Explore Your Parks Day. Washington County is waiving the vehicle fee to all county parks on Saturday, June 6. That means you can bike, hike, fish, run, swim, geocache, take in local wildlife and visit playgrounds for free. Here’s a list of events happening on Explore Your Parks Day:

Big Marine Park Reserve Picnic Shelter 3-4:15 p.m.: Turtle Trek and Tunnel Talk led by the Minnesota Herpetological Society and the Washington Conservation District; 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Campfire Program. Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park Fishing Pier 9 a.m.-noon: Fishing with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource; 1-2 p.m.: Pond Dipping for Micro Invertebrates. Continue Reading →

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Valentine’s Day: Sweetheart Cross Country Night Ski & Hike at Lake Elmo Park Reserve

There is a variety of outdoor recreation activities happening on Valentine’s Day at Lake Elmo Park Reserve’s Nordic Center. From the Nordic Center Trailhead, cross-country ski 5.5 miles of LED-lit ski trails. From the Eagle Point Trailhead, snowshoe, hike or walk your leashed dog along the illuminated 2.5-mile Big Bluestem Trail. REI is leading an evening snowshoe hike class for beginners. Click here to register. Continue Reading →

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