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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Western Minnesota Trail High on Vergas / Frazee Agendas

Vergas sign
based on a news article in the Frazee Forum, "OGRG discusses campgrounds, trails," Mar 25, 2009

The cities of Vergas and Frazee, Minnesota continue to discuss trail topics. This past week, at the regular session of the Otter Tail Gateway Redevelopment Group (OGRG) several continuing concerns were targeted. These included proposed campgrounds, cleaning of river bottoms and canals, plus extensive tree planting designs for the Otter Tail River.

It's all part of a master plan to route both the North Country Trail and a canoe trail through the two towns. Currently, NCT hikers here must take a road walk. The area is lovely with small lakes, home-town cafes for lunch and pie, roadside sculptures (the largest loon in the world and turkeys in a nod to the local turkey processing industry). But off the highway would be a big improvement and the towns are trying hard to make it a reality.

At this meeting, maps of the NCT and the Heartland trail were examined, but there is a lot of speculation as to just where the trails will enter and exit the town. The Heartland State Trail is a 49-mile multiple-use trail between Park Rapids and Cass Lake. It is expected that some portions will follow the river bottom for a distance. And that brought up the topic of burning the low areas bordering the Otter Tail, cutting brush and later planting hardy, beneficial varieties of trees.

There is also a possibility of a branch trail that would link Perham with Frazee.

See Frazee Focused on Trail Themes
See Frazee Working to Become Trail Town

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