Plans for Heartland Trail slowly take shape
Although funding for the Heartland Trail has passed, it could be a long, involved process before a route is finalized and the trail built.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed off on a bill to allow $15.3 million for state trails, and specifically $1.5 million for the Heartland Trail. The 49-mile multi-use trail runs from Park Rapids to Cass Lake mainly on an abandoned railroad grade. It also runs a few miles north to Walker.