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NSTT and DNR sign formal partnership agreement

Everyone knows that NSTT has been “partners” with Minnesota DNR State Parks and Trails for all 20 years of our club’s existence. We’ve worked closely with staff at parks and the Central Office in St. Paul to offer quality events in Minnesota State Parks.

But in August 2018, NSTT and the DNR signed a Memorandum of Agreement  (MOU) for a formal partnership between the two organizations. The MOU basically allows us to continue doing what we’ve been doing in the state parks for our events. What’s changed is that, as official partners, the DNR now will provide a number of services to NSTT at no cost, including use of facilities, firewood, as well as advertising in their printed material and on their website.

NSTT will provide from three to 10 events per year at various state parks. We will continue to do the work we’ve done in the past, providing workers to mark trails and remove signage, registration, cook food and clean up after our events.

NSTT has always worked closely with park staff to plan our events and contacted the Central Office when we’ve needed to. The additional credibility the MOU lends to NSTT events will be very important as we work to increase participation and membership in our family fun activities.

Thanks to NSTT volunteers!

None of what makes NSTT events so much fun would be possible
if it weren't for our many volunteers who help make our events happen.
These are the folks who step up to volunteer at events to add a
smiling face at our registration table, or a helping hand at the food table.
They're the ones who make sure you get started on the right trail,
or hand you a walking stick to make sure you navigate the park trails safely.
Or they're the behind the scenes crew without whose help,
you'd never know when to come to our events. The volunteers who keep
the NSTT Facebook page content current; or sent out email reminders
to you so you don't forget to put our events on your calendar.
They're the ones who spend days at our parks walking and scouting trails
to be used at upcoming events or putting mailing labels on your booklets
to make sure you have all the details in your hands.

Here's a list of the volunteers who helped with 2019 events —
hopefully we didn't forget anyone because you're ALL important to us!

Julie Bjorklund, Chad Bjorklund, Peter Cartwright, Jim Deye, Ellie Eskuri, Bruce Gravelle, Bernie Hanson, Catherine Harrison, Val Heath, Wayne Heath, Cammy Johnson, Maureen Mahowald, Barb McKay, Sarah Paschke, Joan Poupore, Linda Radimecky, Dianna Rogers, Tom Rogers, Val Rogosheske, Donna Seline, Wally Swanson, Jim Swenson, Denny Tague, Mary Tague, Diane Valen, Linda Valen Mary Waller,, Bonnie Walz, Dave Walz, Shannon Walz

NSTT also got some recognition this past year from the American Volkssport Association (AVA).
Regional Director Butch Spaulding presented NSTT with a certificate recognizing
20 years as a club in the AVA.
President Wally Swanson accepted the certificate on behalf of the club.


Thanks to all our volunteers for your service to NSTT!

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