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ITASCA STATE PARK

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Gladen Construction Inc. of Laporte was awarded the bid to construct a tunnel under U.S. Hwy. 71.
Itasca State Park naturalist Connie Cox said there are a variety of colors in the park already, with peak colors expected in mid- to late September.
Warm, sunny weather attracted many to Itasca State Park over Labor Day weekend.
Strong attendance by younger families shows signs of hope that old-school farming and logging ways will remain a living history.
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.

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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.”
This scavenger hunt is part of a statewide challenge happening at 69 Minnesota state parks and five local parks.

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