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This spring has been sunny, rainy, windy, cool and everything in between.  We have to remember we need both rain and sun to make everything and everyone healthy. Even though I do not always enjoy a rainout, it is good to have.
Last week we had our walk along the Minnehaha creek and the weather turned out in our favor. Just as I was leaving in the Hoigaard's van drops of rain come down. The trail was a great new location for our walks, beautiful scenery and lots to look at. I am excited to add this location to the agenda once more later this season.
Tonight the rain is holding off for our walk. (Remember, it is always good to bring rain gear). The walk will be hot but I am happy we are able to go! We meet at Thomas beach. Free parking on the side streets or pull into the MPRB lot if you have a pass.
This weekend we venture off to Afton State Park! I am excited for our overnight and sharing a new experience with the group. I am sure we will have stories when we return.
Get outside and enjoy the rain this week :)
Pictures from the Minnehaha Creek Nordic Walk 5.9.2017

This Week
Nordic Walking Tuesdays
Tuesday May 16th, 6pm
Tonight we will walk around Lake Calhoun, meeting at Thomas Beach.
HOW Camp Out
Saturday May 20th - Sunday May 21st
HOW will be at Afton State Park tent camping, outdoor cooking, learning new outdoor skills and enjoying the trails.
Coming Up
Be sure to check out the Hoigaard's calendar for a full listing of our events, seminars and community programs.  There are Bike Maintenance classes, Nordic Walking Intros, Bike Rides, Canoe and Kayak Demo's, Paddle Derby, paddles and other special programs coming up.
Introduction to Nordic Walking
Monday May 22nd, 1-2pm & 6-7pm
Monday June 12th, 1-2pm & 6-7pm
Learn the basic techniques and rhythm of walking with Nordic poles. Research shows walking is the number one exercise with health benefits. By adding poles you burn 33% more calories! This class is taught through the Community Education Program of St. Louis Park. For more information go to
HOW Bike Rides
Thursday May 25th 6:00pm
Medicine Lake (19 miles)
Meet at Theodore Wirth Park at the Par 3 Chalet. We will ride the trail west to Medicine Lake and loop back.
Sunday June 25th 10:00am
Mini Grand Rounds - North (30 miles)
Meet at Hoigaards for a long ride along Victory Memorial Parkway, down the Mississippi River and back along the Greenway.  Bring a lunch for a break at the St. Anthony Falls.
Sunday July 16th 10:00am
Mississippi River Trail (20 miles)
Meet at the upper parking lot of Fort Snelling. We will be riding up and back each side of the Mississippi River Trail.
Sunday August 13th 10:00am
Mini Grand Rounds - South (20 miles)
Meet at Hoigaard's for a ride down the Greenway, connect to the river and return to the shop following the Chain of Lakes. Bring a lunch for a break at one of the lakes.
Monday July 10th, 6:00pm
Monday July 24th, 6:00pm
Monday August 7th, 6:00pm
Join Hoigaard's Outdoor Women for an evening of Stand Up Paddle boarding. We will have a variety of boards for everyone to try! Limited space available. $10 registration fee/session to hold your spot will be returned to you in the form of a gift card at the event.
HOW Summer Paddle Trip
Thursday August 17th - Sunday August 20th
HOW is heading to the Apostles! 
*Events may be cancelled if we do not receive at minimum 3 confirmed RSVP's 3 days prior to the event. Please register for any of the events listed above by emailing or call 952.929.1351 x212. Please include your phone and email to be contacted in an emergency or in the event of a cancellation. 
**Most activities are weather dependent - for up-to-date info keep checking our Facebook page or website.
Nordic Walking Tuesdays!
Beginning in April and going through October, we will be walking together every Tuesday evening.  We will meet at 6pm and start the walk shortly after. Nordic Walking poles will be available. No RSVP needed! Follow the Hoigaard's Facebook page or call 952.929.1351 X212 with any questions. 
Date  Location 
5.16.17 Lake Calhoun
5.23.17 Woodlake Nature Center
5.30.17 Minnehaha Falls
6.6.17 Westwood Hills Nature Center
6.13.17 MN Landscape Arboretum 2pm
MN Landscape Arboretum 6pm
6.20.17 Hyland Lake Park Reserve
6.27.17 Lake Nokomis
*The last walk of every month will be followed by a social hour! Plan to stay after to chat with friends.
Unless otherwise noted, you can register for any of the events listed above by e-mailing or call 952-929-1351 x212.

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