January Dispatch

Ice Age Trail Alliance

Chippewa Moraine Chapter

Ice Age Trail Dispatch

January 2020

Sherry Jasper

Family Snowshoe Hike at Chippewa Moraine, Sat. Feb 1

Bring the family and join the Ice Age Trail Alliance, Girl Scouts, and Mayo Clinic Health System at a family snowshoe hike at the Chippewa Moraine on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 1-2:30 p.m. Light snacks and warm beverages await at the conclusion. A limited number of snowshoes are available to borrow at the event. Choose a group to match your skill and exertion level, and we’ll be off to enjoy the ponds and trails of the Chippewa Moraine from a whole new perspective. It is positively magical!

The activities begin promptly at 1 p.m., so please come early to allow time for snowshoe fitting, sign in, etc.

Please register for the event or call 866-375-7464 (toll-free). Register by Jan. 27.

Our thanks to Mayo Clinic Health System for their support and the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes for their participation.

Volunteers needed: If you are interested in joining the fun and helping at the event, whether by leading a hike, helping with registration, or keeping the fire burning, please contact us!

Hikers take a break at the Cornell Stacker in Millyard Park on the Ice Age Trail - Richard Smith

Cornell Will Join Family Of Ice Age Trail Communities in 2020

Vicki Christianson and her committee have been working with the City of Cornell over the past several months to develop an application on behalf of the city to be enrolled in the Trail Community program of the Alliance. Trail Communities become active partners with the Ice Age Trail Alliance to promote the use of the trail to their residents and participate jointly in trail activities. The community benefits from its association in several ways, including tourism marketing and specially designed trail signage to mark the route of the trail through the city. The Alliance agrees to promote the trail at community events, and gains from a better awareness of the resources available in the community, and participation of its residents.

Vicki developed an extensive application showing nearby trail activities that could be of benefit to local residents, local assets available to Ice Age Trail users, potential collaboration opportunities with the local school district, assets available to the Alliance for meetings and emergencies,  and more. In discussions with the city, ideas for future routing of the trail were explored, as well as developing working relationships with the mayor and city staff.

The Alliance has welcomed the application and plans are underway for a public announcement and observance later this year. 

In addition to Vicki, local leaders Mike Rivers and Rick Erickson participated, along with chapter representatives Nancy Schuster and Richard Smith. Mayor Judy Talbot and City Administrator Dave Dejongh were critical participants in the process, and IATA staff Amy Lord helped with Alliance support. Finally, the project was made possible by financial participation by the City of Cornell and the Chippewa Moraine Chapter.

In addition to developing the trail community application, Vicki has also worked with the Cornell Schools to secure their participation in the IATA's Saunters program which brings fourth grade kids outside for a trail experience.

Congratulations to Vicki for her hard work, and a hearty welcome to the City of Cornell to the Ice Age Trail family.

Newsletters and information are also available at the chapter web site: http://www.iatchippewa.org. You can also go here to View Online.