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 […]

Blandin Paper Company (UPM) – 10 miles of new NCT

June 5, 2009 Duluth, MN — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Blandin Paper Company (UPM) have signed a binding agreement for the purchase of a working forest conservation easement to forever protect 187,277 acres of Northwoods forests, wetlands and shoreline currently owned by UPM. http://www.conservationfund.org/news/upper_mississippi_forest_lands_protected_forever This easement will help permanently protect lands […]

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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National Trails Day 2009 Recap

Many members, chapters and affiliates celebrated National Trails Day last Saturday along the length of the North Country National Scenic Trail. Thanks for helping the trails community share the great things that happen when people and hiking trails come together!Please share the highlights from your events in the comments section below. Photos of your event […]

"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 […]

Nimblewill Nomad's hike in MN – a new video available to watch

If you’re interested in hearing Nimblewill Nomad talk about his hike through ND and MN, visit the Arvig Communication System Local LINC website to watch a short video clip featuring an interview and some on-trail footage of Eb, Judy Merritt from the Northwoods Press, and myself. My thanks go to Randy Cadwell from ACS Local […]

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Nimblewill Nomad's pictures from ND and western MN are available

If you’re interested in seeing what it’s like to walk across North Dakota in late winter/early spring, you should check out Nimblewill Nomad’s 2009 Odyssey photo gallery.  In the North Dakota pictures you’ll notice one of the inherent challenges of thru-hiking the NCT…the fact that you have to start pretty early in the “spring” to […]

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