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Minnesotans invited to spend President’s Day weekend outdoors

Monday, February 15th, 2010 at 7:48 am

Families looking for something to do with their kids over the upcoming holiday weekend will find plenty of ways to get out and have fun at Minnesota state parks and trails.

For one thing, Feb. 13-15 is Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing weekend. The Department of Natural Resources makes it easy for parents to introduce their children to this popular Minnesota pastime by allowing anglers 18 and older to fish without a license if they are accompanied by a child younger than 16 and are actively participating in Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend.

Two family-oriented candlelight events are also scheduled for this weekend:

* Friday, Feb. 12 – A candlelight ski/snowshoe event will take place at Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton from 6 to 9 p.m.

* Saturday, Feb. 13 – Candlelight snowshoe/walk event will take place at Lake Maria State Park from 6 to 9 p.m. in Monticello.

The candlelight events – which feature short, easy trails suitable for visitors of all ages and abilities – have been extremely popular this winter, with more than 1,000 people attending the recent events at Fort Snelling, Wild River, and Afton state parks.

The candlelight events at Minnesota state parks are free, but a state park vehicle permit ($5/day or $25 year-round) is required to enter the parks. A Minnesota Ski Pass ($5/day) is also required for cross-country skiers age 16 or older.

All Minnesota state parks are open year-round, including holidays. For additional suggestions on where to go and what to do (including where to find sledding hills, packed trails for winter hiking, and rental equipment for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing), check out the Winter Activities Guide at mnstateparks.info or call 888-MINNDNR.

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