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A Camp Ripley/Veterans State Trail public open house is scheduled Nov. 15.

The first of three public open houses is from 7-9 p.m. at the Morrison County Courthouse, 213 S.E. 1st Ave., Little Falls. The purpose is to share information about the study and receive input and feedback on trail issues and needs within the study area. Existing conditions information collected to-date will be presented for public review and input.

The Camp Ripley/Veterans State Trail began as a local initiative powered by the Little Falls Visitors and Convention Bureau and supported by other local jurisdictions and private trail user groups. Through this interest and support, the trail was legislatively authorized in 2009 as part of the State Trail System, with the intent of connecting Crow Wing State Park and the Paul Bunyan State Trail, Camp Ripley, the Soo Line Trail and the cities of Pillager and Little Falls.

The vision for the Camp Ripley/Veterans State Trail is to be a true multi-use trail, providing direct motorized and non-motorized recreational use linkage between the Paul Bunyan State Trail and the Soo Line Regional Trail and serving as a section of the Mississippi River Trail. Trail users will experience a diversity of landscapes, including pine moraines, prairies, hardwood forests and wetlands.

The trail will connect and revitalize central Minnesota communities near and surrounding Camp Ripley and along the Crow Wing and Mississippi Rivers by bringing economic development to the area while improving the quality of life and promoting healthy living for residents.

The counties of Morrison, Crow Wing and Cass along with the Region 5 Development Commission and the DNR have initiated a corridor study to provide a feasibility analysis to guide potential trail development and future trail alignment options for the Camp Ripley/Veterans State Trail. The corridor study will identify and evaluate general trail alignment locations for motorized and non-motorized trail uses (either on the same or separate alignments) and will develop study recommendations and next steps to implement the trail.

For the study, go to, then click on “Corridor Study.”

Voyageur National Park on display Nov. 15

The Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network, in partnership with the Center for Lifelong Learning, will host “The Making of Voyageur Skies: Weather and the Wilderness in Minnesota’s National Park” from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 15 at Central Lakes College’s Chalberg Theatre.

Author Dr. Mark Seeley and photographer Don Breneman will share their thoughts and experiences found in their book, “Voyageur Skies.” The book features a history of Voyageur National Park, a history of its seasons, lakes and wildlife and a narrative about its changing climate.

There will be a question/answer period following the presentation and an opportunity to meet Seeley and Brenemanboth before and after the event. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephen Mikkelson at (218) 316-3887 or stephen.mikkelson@

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