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‘Minnesota Parks West’ premiere to be held May 8

The public is invited to attend a free sneak preview of a new local production, Minnesota Parks West, on Thursday, May 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Community Center at 305 East 5th Street in Starbuck.

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A social hour will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a showing of the 30-minute presentation. The program features stories about Glacial Lakes State Park, Split Rock Creek State Park and the Central Lakes Trail. Award-winning storyteller Ken Speake narrates the program.

It will also be broadcast on Pioneer Public TV Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The 55-mile long Central Lakes Trail is built on a former railroad line stretching between Fergus Falls and Osakis. It also passes through the communities of Dalton, Ashby, Melby, Evansville, Brandon, Garfield, Alexandria and Nelson.

The Split Rock Creek State Park near Pipestone boasts the only lake in Pipestone County. It was constructed as part of a depression-era WPA project. Camping, boating and hiking are the main activities.

Glacial Lakes State Park near Starbuck is one of the few parks in the state that rents stand up paddleboards to visitors. Like Split Rock Creek State Park, Glacial Lakes benefits from its volunteers, who built one of the four camper cabins and helped organize winter candlelight ski and snowshoe events.

Great Minnesota Parks West is the fourth in a series of programs that feature state parks and outdoor amenities in the communities that care for them in the Pioneer Public Television viewing area.

Parks West is funded by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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