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Itasca State Park

Connie Cox, lead naturalist at Itasca State Park, presents a birthday cake for the park’s 125th birthday during a celebration with Park Rapids and Bagley fourth-graders on Wednesday. (Kevin Cederstrom / Enterprise)
Park Rapids 4th-graders help Itasca celebrate 125th anniversary
April 23, 2016 - 4:34pm
April 6, 2016
Marlon Winters, standing at far left, chats with fellow volunteers at Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers during his surprise 85th birthday party. (Shannon Geisen / Enterprise)
Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers recognize longtime volunteer Marlon Winters
April 6, 2016 - 10:49am
April 5, 2016
Itasca State Park Manager Bob Chance explains erosion issues at the Mississippi Headwaters along with DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, left, and Chris Weir-Koetter, assistant regional manager parks and trails on Wednesday. Landwehr discussed the DNR’s request for $33 million from the state legislature for building and infrastructure upgrades and restoration projects in state parks. (Kevin Cederstrom / Enterprise)
DNR commissioner highlights Itasca needs in capital bonding request
April 5, 2016 - 12:23pm
March 30, 2016
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is requesting $33 million in bonding funds from the state legislature to fix recreational facilities, including $3 million for historic Douglas Lodge and other aging buildings at Itasca State Park. (Kevin Cederstrom/Enterprise)
Minnesota DNR seeks bonding money to fix state park buildings, roads
March 30, 2016 - 8:38am
February 17, 2016
Volunteers from the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers use machinery to cut through the ice on Lake Itasca during the Old Time Ice Harvest on Saturday. (Nicole Vik / Enterprise)
Old-time ice harvest held at Itasca
February 17, 2016 - 1:35pm
January 6, 2016
Ray Vlasak leads a group of 50 people across Hernando DeSoto Lake at Itasca State Park during the “Second Day Hike” event held Saturday where participants made their way three miles through the park on foot, skis or snowshoes. (Kevin Cederstrom / Enterprise)
Second Day Hike draws 50 participants to Itasca State Park
January 6, 2016 - 10:36am
October 7, 2015
A long line of cars wait to enter Itasca State Park on Saturday morning as beautiful weather combined with a variety of activities and special events made for a very busy day at Minnesota’s oldest state park.  (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)
Itasca features medley of weekend activties
October 7, 2015 - 8:52am
September 30, 2015
Cyclists ride through Itasca State Park and it's colorful backdrop along Wilderness Drive during the 35th Annual Headwaters 100 held Saturday. (Kevin Cederstrom/Enterprise)
Fine fall weather and scenery highlights Headwaters 100 through Park Rapids area
September 30, 2015 - 10:02am
July 28, 2015
Veterans participating in the Walk Off the War program begin a canoe trip to travel the length of the Mississippi River starting at Itasca State Park on Monday. (Jean Ruzicka/Enterprise)
Combat veterans embark on ‘maiden voyage’
July 28, 2015 - 11:56am
June 7, 2015
Chris Ring, a U.S. Navy combat veteran, stops at the headwaters of the Mississippi after swimming across Lake Itasca to begin his 2015 Legacy Challenge: Swim For Their Sacrifice, where he plans to swim the length of the Mississippi River from the headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico.
Navy veteran aims to swim from Mississippi River headwaters to Gulf of Mexico
June 7, 2015 - 3:21pm
A new guidebook for Itasca State Park is written by local author Deane Johnson.
Exploring Itasca State Park
May 7, 2014 - 12:09pm
March 27, 2010
Nineteen-month-old Grace Officer, above right, used a pine spray to paint with. Her polka-dotted dress was covered in washable green paint when she was finished. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)
Circle Time Under the Pines comes to a close for the season
March 27, 2010 - 1:00pm
March 24, 2010
Itasca State Park volunteer Richard Larson, at left, helps Jack (middle) and Isaac McQuown make a thistle seed bird feeder out of a recycled water bottle. Dad Troy McQuown is looking on in the background. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)
Kids spend day making nature projects
March 24, 2010 - 1:00pm
February 17, 2010
Eric Bolduc of Ramsey, at left, and Dirk Fultz of Bagley hoist an ice block out of Lake Itasca Saturday. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)
Ice cutting an old-fashioned trade
February 17, 2010 - 1:00pm