The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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November 3, 2013

Large park being rediscovered

Trail system being added to 380-acre Traverse des Sioux Park

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"Our hope is to make it accessible to a lot of different people — hikers, bikers and snownshoers in the winter," Newell said.

Because the park is in a flood plain, getting a myriad of permit approvals took years of working with the city and park board, along with other state and federal agencies. All necessary approvals were secured last month. Newell said the fact they're not bringing in foreign materials to build the trail made it easier to get approval for the project.

The group will need between $8,000 and $10,000 to pay for a few small bridges and trail signs, but hope to do the rest of the work with volunteer help.

Newell said they are seeking help from those who'd like to help build the rest of the trail next spring, or donate money. He is also applying for some small grants to help with the project.

Anyone interested in helping can email traversetrails@gustavus.edu.

There is also a Facebook page — Traverse des Sioux Trails.

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