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NCT & LLC chapter featured on local MN cable TV news show

The Laurentian Lakes Chapter (LLC) and the North Country Trail are featured in the two most recent Hometown Happenings TV programs airing on TV3 in the Detroit Lakes, MN area.  Carol McCarthy of TV3 interviewed Chapter President Ray Vlasak and other trail workers (including a Minnesota Conservation Corps crew & Boy Scout Troop 690 from […]

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Team effort to improve NCT within ND's Lonetree WMA

Recently, a team effort of the North Dakota Game & Fish Department’s Lonetree Office and the North Country Trail Association’s Volunteer Adventure greatly improved the 32 miles of the North Country Trail within Lonetree WMA near Harvey, ND. Staff of the Game & Fish Dept. mowed a 10-mile section of trail that will be hiked […]

Bruce Matthews testifies before Congress on H.R. 481

On July 8th, NCTA Executive Director Bruce Matthews testified on H.R. 481 (the Arrowhead Re-route bill) before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands of the House Natural Resources Committee. If you are curious as to what goes on during a Congressional hearing, you can listen to Bruce’s testimony as well as Rep. […]

Itasca Moraine Chapter completes boardwalk project

This past weekend, volunteers of the NCTA’s Itasca Moraine Chapter completed the Gage Lake boardwalk project south of the community of Lake George, MN.  This project involved building a 186′ boardwalk across an alder/black ash swamp west of where the NCT crosses the Schoolcraft River. Bruce Johnson, ITM Board Member from Park Rapids, led the […]

Hearing scheduled for Arrowhead Re-route bill in U.S. House

According to Rep. Oberstar’s office (as reported by Bruce Matthews), the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee’s sub-committee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands will be holding a hearing on H.R. 481 on July 8th.  When passed, this bill will enact the North Country Trail’s Arrowhead Re-route. For more info on the House National Parks, […]

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Border Route Trail featured in Backpacker Magazine

The Border Route Trail in northeastern MN was featured in the August 2009 issue of Backpacker Magazine in an article entitled “Where Solitude Rules.”  It contained a listing of “wilderness hideaways” where hikers can “lose themselves in a private paradise the crowds have overlooked.” Here is what they had to say: Border Route Trail, Minnesota […]

National Trails Day work to "spiff up" the NCT in MN's Chippewa N.F.

A small group of folks participated in a workday held on National Trails Day with the goal of ATV proofing a section of the North Country Trail within the Chippewa National Forest.  Working were Brian, Barb, and Audrey Pavek of Maple Grove, MN; Matt Davis of Detroit Lakes, MN; and Tom Schackman and Mitch Bouchonville […]

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"Mother Goose" leaves wonderful ND people behind and enters MN

Bonita “Mother Goose” Curtner crossed the mighty Red River of the North yesterday and entered MN on her trek from Lake Sakakawea State Park to Michigan on the North Country Trail!  I had the privilidge of meeting her for lunch today at the I-94 truck stop cafe in Rothsay, MN. After asking her for feedback […]

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Mother Goose traversing NCT route in ND

Long-distance hiker Bonita “Mother Goose” Curtner is currently on the NCT in southeastern North Dakota. As of yesterday (5/27) she was in Fort Ransom State Park heading eastbound towards Ft. Abercrombie, the Red River crossing and Minnesota. She has enjoyed the warmer weather of late although she isn’t too found of our abundant wood ticks […]

Two groups of NCT Hikers meet on the Kekekabic Trail

Two groups of North Country Trail hikers/volunteers met last week on the Kekekabic Trail in the middle of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern MN.  The brief reunion featured swapping of trail conditions and plans for attending the upcoming NCTA conference in Valley City, ND. One group was led by NCT long-distance hiker […]