The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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October 4, 2013

Local spots provide spectacular color

Trees, grasses approaching peak color

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“I like the ride from Minneopa on Highway 68 and there’s nothing like the trip from Le Sueur to Mankato on Highway 169,” she said.

Minnesota Explorer tourism bureau predicts trees will be in good shape this fall color season. The rainy spring should counteract the effects of a mostly dry summer. Throughout the state, trees are turning fiery red, blaze orange, vivid yellow and stunning coral. Adding to the display are vibrant red sumac, abundant fall wildflowers, and the gold, rust and purple native grasses.

Flandrau State Park at New Ulm’s is at 25-50 percent of its peak color and its trail to Indian Point Lookout has the most potential for flashy color.

Golfers using Fort Ridgely State Park’s course should see lots of gold and orange when they look up from teeing off. The park’s prairie grasses are showing color throughout the hilly park on the north border of Nicollet County near Fairfax.

Now until mid-October is usually the best time to travel the Mankato region in search of fall color. The DNR reports about 10-25 percent of the trees are displaying fall color in most of southern Minnesota.

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