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Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee visits Cuyuna Lakes mountain bike trails on bonding tour

The Minnesota House of Representatives Capital Investment Committee visited the Cuyuna Lakes region on Thursday, August 13, touring the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (CCSRA) to learn about the region’s bonding request of $4.2 million for continued expansion of the mountain bike trails within the rec area. The tour included a stop at the Miner’s Mountain Rally Center and the Yawkey Unit, where legislators and staff could choose either a cycling tour of the mountain bike trails or the new yurt campground.

“We are so glad that you chose to visit Cuyuna,” said Aaron Hautala, President of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew, a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, addressing the tour group. “Powerful things are happening here, and we are excited to show you Cuyuna and all of the opportunities that it presents to our region. What better place to do it than here, at the Rally Center. This ground is the true heart of everything that Cuyuna stands for, and everything that we want it to be.”

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S’more bench installed in Pine River

Declaring the Whitefish Chain of Lakes Region as the “S’More Capital of Minnesota,” the Whitefish Area Lodging Association is celebrating it’s new status with the release of a new s’more bench.

The bench cleverly depicts the classic combination of graham crackers, marshmallows and
chocolate, while also proudly promoting an easy-to-remember web address — smorevacation.com. Even though there appears to be a bite taken out of it, the bench is not edible. Josh Porter of Avalon Sculpture created the sturdy piece of useable art from metal and fiberglass.

The first bench was installed outside Ole & Lena’s Sweet Revenge Soda Shoppe in downtown Pine River. Three additional benches will be installed in Jenkins and Crosslake in 2015, with more benches to follow in 2016.

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10th Annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival coming to Pine River August 27-30

The 10th annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival is coming to Pine River August 27-30 at the Cass County Fairgrounds. The event provides a wonderful opportunity to hear some of the nations' best bluegrass artists perform on stage, as well as workshops, jam sessions, camping, food and more.

This year's lineup features:

Michael Cleveland And Flamekeeper - 9-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year

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DNR encourages rural homeowners to be ‘Firewise’

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging rural homeowners to become “Firewise” to reduce the risks of wildfires to their homes.

“Now is an excellent time to evaluate and take home wildfire prevention steps while homeowners are clearing woodlots, cutting firewood or removing downed or dying trees from around their homes,” said Linda Gormanson, DNR wildfire prevention supervisor.

As more homes are built in the woods and fields of Minnesota, existing firefighting resources are less able to protect everyone’s property while trying to control a wildfire.

The DNR’s Firewise program identifies four factors homeowners can control that affect whether a home will survive a wildfire: access, site, structure and burning practices.

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