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Published February 16, 2013, 09:28 AM

Plenty of groomed trails for cross-country skiing

GARRISON, N.D. (AP) — Plenty of winter snowfall in north central North Dakota has been kind to cross-country skiers.

GARRISON, N.D. (AP) — Plenty of winter snowfall in north central North Dakota has been kind to cross-country skiers.

Fort Stevenson State Park manager Dick Messerly tells the Minot Daily News that the park has three miles of trails that have been groomed since the first decent snow. Messerly says skiers are likely to see owls, hawks, deer and other wildlife along trails.

Several North Dakota State Parks maintain groomed trail systems throughout the winter. At Lake Metigoshe State Park, cross-country skiers can choose from nearly 10 miles of groomed trails.

Cross Ranch State Park along the Missouri River south of Washburn has 10 miles of groomed trails, mostly on Nature Conservancy property that is heavily wooded with cottonwoods.

Cross Ranch manager Eric Lang says seeing white-tailed deer and bald eagles is common.

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