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New zip line above Gunflint Lake opens July 4

The Towering Pines Canopy Tour, near Grand Marais, takes vacationers on a two-and-a-half hour adventure. The Pioneer Press writes visitors will learn about the area's geology, plants and wildlife while soaring about 50 feet above the forest of the Gunflint Lake area.
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The Towering Pines Canopy Tour, near Grand Marais, takes vacationers on a two-and-a-half hour adventure. The Pioneer Press writes visitors will learn about the area's geology, plants and wildlife while soaring about 50 feet above the forest of the Gunflint Lake area.

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