Hidden Minnesota: 5 underappreciated state parks and recreation areas to visit this year

Minnesota has long been recognized as the land of 10,000 sky blue-tinted lakes. But did you know the North Star State also is home to 66 state parks, not to mention an additional nine recreational areas, 25 state trails, and 43 state forest campgrounds? Many Minnesotans and visitors are familiar with such celebrated parks as … [ Read more]

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Bison declared the national mammal of the U.S.

On May 9, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, making bison the national mammal of the United States. Bison, which are the largest mammals in North America and weigh up to 2,000 pounds, join the eagle as an official symbol of the nation. Bison once numbered in the millions before over-hunting decimated … [ Read more]

Conservation in action: Restoring North America’s bison population

Take a Sunday drive along the rolling county roads of outstate Minnesota, watching out your window as lakes and clustered cabins give way to sprawling farmland and the odd barn or cowshed, and you might spot among the dairy farms and cornfields the occasional ranch dedicated to raising bison. From the safe side of a … [ Read more]

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