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Minnesota State Parks Draw Record Holiday Weekend Crowds

Minnesota state parks drew record crowds on the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and park officials say there are still great recreational opportunities ahead for the rest of the summer. Department of Natural Resources figures show occupancy at state parks hit 84 percent.

07/15/2015

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How To Build The Perfect Campfire, According To Science

For all those stubborn advocates of the “log cabin” method of building fires, we’ve got some bad news for you: You’re wrong… at least, according to a Duke University professor.

06/18/2015

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How To Pack Lightly For Your Camping Trip

Depending upon how you plan to camp – RV, tent or backpacking – you may want to rethink what you pack and bring with you. The lighter you pack, the easier it will be to keep track of everything and carry it to and from your campsite.

06/16/2015

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5 Camping Gear Must Haves For Summer Vacations

Don’t leave home without these five handy camping gadgets. You’ll have all the important conveniences of home without tons of bulky equipment.

05/11/2015

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Search Continues For Missing Le Sueur Woman, 20

The search continues for a woman who disappeared while drinking on a camping trip. Police in Le Sueur say 20-year-old Moriah Zwart and a friend were camping on a sandbar along the Minnesota River Thursday night.

05/02/2015

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State Parks Await Spring-Time Visitors

As the last drops of maple syrup are collected from Fort Snelling State Park, it can mean only one thing — the sights and sounds of spring are coming back. Brent Wennberg has been enjoying Minnesota’s state parks since he was 2.

03/20/2015

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State Parks Offering New Camping Experience — Yurts

Outdoor lovers have a new way to spend the night at three of Minnesota’s state parks. The new shelters have the feel of a tent only with comfort of a cabin. They are known as “yurts.”

10/16/2014

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How To Save Money On A Trip To Europe

With a little bit of planning, a trip to Europe can be surprisingly affordable.

09/10/2014

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What You Should Buy In September

A new month means new deals. September is the perfect time to grab up any outdoor gear as we tearfully say goodbye to summer. You can score some great deals on tents and sleeping bags as stores clear out their inventory to make room for fall and winter goods.

09/02/2014

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After Long Winter, Summer Tourism Has A Strong Year

This is the last travel weekend for a while for many Minnesotans, as summer fades and school kicks into gear. But it was a travel season that surprised many in the tourism industry. Kim Hornibrook and her husband own a campground in Jordan, Minn.

08/31/2014

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Guide To Yellowstone National Park

Refer to this visitor’s guide to Yellowstone National Park – the world’s first national park featuring more geysers than any other location in the world.

07/31/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Amelia & Angela Visit Ely (Day 2)

This week, Amelia Santaniello and Angela Davis loaded up their luggage into the Mobile Weather Watcher and took off Wednesday, heading almost four hours north to the gateway of the Boundary Waters.

07/25/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Amelia & Angela Visit Ely (Day 1)

For twelve weeks this summer, leading up to the start of the Minnesota State Fair in August, WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio are highlighting communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

07/24/2014

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Five Fun Activities To Get The Family Outdoors

Make this a summer to remember for the whole family with these five ways to bring everyone together while enjoying the warmer weather.

07/21/2014

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Money-Saving Tips For Camping

With warm weather and clear skies, heading out for a camping trip is one of America’s most popular excursions. Here are some of the best money-saving tips while camping.

07/11/2014

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Explore The Best Campgrounds In America’s National Parks

If you’re planning a road trip to a new camping destination this summer, gas up. Here are a few of America’s best for you to explore.

06/30/2014

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Camp Oz Caters To Kids With Epilepsy

Camp Oz on the shores of the St. Croix River may seem like your typical camp complete with cabins, a camp counselor’s office, a mess hall, and volleyball and basketball courts. But at Camp Oz most of the children have something in common — they suffer from seizures, and some have epilepsy.

06/20/2014

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School’s Out: Ways To Beat Summertime Boredom

Don’t let the summertime blues get you down. There are lots of ways to beat that boredom if you just let your creativity soar. Here are a few fun ideas to get you started.

06/09/2014

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New 85,000-Square-Foot Cabela’s Opening Soon In Woodbury

If you love the outdoors and all the sports that go along with it, you’ve likely stepped inside a Cabela’s store. It’s known for its hunting, fishing and camping gear — plus, its elaborate displays.

05/01/2014

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Under-The-Radar National Parks

Vacationers might be interested in visiting one of these under-the-radar national parks to get away from the large crowds and heavy traffic in the most popular parks, like Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.

04/29/2014

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Regardless Of Snow, The Sleep Out Begins And Aims To Raise $2M

While many Minnesotan’s are planning festive holiday gatherings, some don’t even know where they are sleeping any given night. Beginning this weekend, The Sleep Out has families helping fight poverty, and that includes camping out in tents and cardboard boxes.

11/08/2013

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Voyageurs To Take Campsite Reservations

Voyageurs National Park is going to start taking reservations and charging fees for campsites. Campsites and houseboat sites at the park on Minnesota’s northern border had been first-come, first-served, and the only access is by boat.

09/11/2013

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5 Activities To Do Before The Leaves Start To Fall

With autumn around the corner many people are desperately clutching to the remaining days of summer. Take some time to indulge in these five summer activities to ease the seasonal transition.

08/12/2013

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Bear Activity Could Close Wis. Island For 2 Weeks

An increase in bear activity has caused officials to close part of a national park in northwestern Wisconsin for up to two weeks. Sand Island, one of the Apostle Islands, was closed to overnight camping on Monday because of bears entering campsites on the hunt for human food.

07/05/2013

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After Beating Cancer, Brock Wood’s Next Challenge Is The Mississippi

Brock Wood is on a journey. He’s kayaking the entire Mississippi River – from Itasca all the way to New Orleans. The kayaks first hit the water on June 17, but for Wood the journey began last year.

06/28/2013

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