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ITASCA STATE PARK

As summer begins to wind down, there is still plenty to do at Itasca State Park in August, September and beyond.
Itasca State Park staff and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forestry staff from Bemidji and Park Rapids feted the famous bear on his 78th birthday, while sharing fire prevention information.
Following some simple guidelines can save a bear’s life.
“This has been a great addition to Kitchigami Regional Library System services,” said Carol Christensen, KRLS Legacy Coordinator. “With branches in Bemidji, Blackduck, Brainerd, Cass Lake, Park Rapids, Pine River, and Wadena participating in the program, we have a large number of parks people can visit for free using the pass.”

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This scavenger hunt is part of a statewide challenge happening at 69 Minnesota state parks and five local parks.
From lady's slippers to old-growth Norway pines, these are the Top 10 things to see and do at the park in June and July.
Kent Skaar, senior project manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Trails Division, recently told the citizens-led committee that the DNR intends to get bids for the trail tunnel, but due to shipping delays, construction may be pushed to spring 2023.
Bids are set to go out for tunnel construction under U.S. Hwy. 71. This is part of phase 1 of the Itasca-Heartland Connection Trail, a multi-purpose, paved trail between Itasca State Park and the Heartland Trail.
The final numbers for the 2021 Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count are in, but another bird count will continue until April.
The annual Evening Lantern-Lit Snowshoe Walk is scheduled for 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at Itasca State Park.

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Although temperatures approached 40 degrees Dec. 13 for the annual bird count at Itasca State Park, naturalist Connie Cox said a strong steady wind created problems.
Itasca State Park will hold its bird count Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., while in Bemidji the count is planned for Saturday, Dec. 18.
Elk roaming free in northwestern Minnesota today are the result of a program at Itasca State Park to reintroduce the species to the state.

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