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Public invited to Heartland State Trail ribbon cutting near Frazee on July 1

Members of the public are invited to attend the ribbon cutting for the Heartland State Trail on July 1, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., at the site of trail's bridge across Highway 10 on the western entrance into Frazee. State legislators, officials from Detroit Lakes and Frazee, Becker County officials, as well as representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Department of Transportation will be on hand for the dedication, according to a press release from the Detroit Lakes Tourism Bureau.

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One of the more scenic stretches of the Heartland Trail skirts the edge of Acorn Lake near Frazee. (Nathan Bowe/Tribune. June 19, 2021 photo)
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Members of the public are cordially invited to attend the ribbon cutting and dedication next Thursday in Frazee, Minn., for a new 5-mile segment of the Heartland State Trial.

On July 1, at 10:30 a.m., state legislators, city and county officials, as well as representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Department of Transportation will be on hand at the construction site of trail's bridge across Highway 10 on the western entrance into Frazee to officially cut the ribbon on Minnesota's newest recreational addition, according to a press release from the Detroit Lakes Tourism Bureau.

"This is another great step in our journey to make Frazee a part of a great recreational area for people to enjoy parks, trails and many other activities in our area!" said Ken Miosek, mayor of Frazee, in a statement.

The new, nearly 5 miles of, paved trail running from Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes to County Road 10 near Frazee opened for public use on June 19 and is intended for pedestrian and non-motorized vehicle traffic, except for snowmobiles, which will be allowed to ride the trail in the winter months.
"We in Detroit Lakes have been proactive with our multi-use trail system, and to eventually be able to connect to the Heartland State Trail from Park Rapids to Moorhead is going to be another draw for our area," said Matt Brenk, mayor of Detroit Lakes, in a release statement.

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Eagles perch on a nest along a new, 5-mile segment of the Heartland State Trail, which links Detroit Lakes to Frazee on Highway 10. (Detroit Lakes Tourism Bureau)

Users of the trail will be able to notice active eagles nests, an artesian well, hardwood and conifer tree canopies, wetlands and picturesque views of Acorn Lake, according to the tourism bureau.

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Water drips on artesian well along a new, 5-mile segment of the Heartland State Trail, which links Detroit Lakes to Frazee on Highway 10. (Detroit Lakes Tourism Bureau)

The engineering, design and construction of this segment of the Heartland State Trail was funded entirely with capital bonding appropriations in 2008, 2014 and 2017. The $7.5 million project will be completely finished when the pedestrian bridge is completed at the end of 2021. Additionally, a 2-mile segment is being planned to connect the bridge to Highway 87 in Frazee with the designs expected to be completed in November 2021.

In a statement, Kent Skaar, senior project manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said: " The MnDNR extends their sincere thanks to community partners Becker County, Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Burlington Township who lead this effort. Only through their efforts has the DNR been able to develop this significant trail segment, which provides a safe, off-road recreational trail connection between the communities of Frazee and Detroit Lakes."

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