A government shutdown could disrupt the July Fourth holiday for those planning to use Minnesota's 66 state parks and six recreation areas. More than 3,000 campsites have been reserved in state parks for the holiday weekend.
Minnesota's state parks are offering free admission on Saturday to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. The Department of Natural Resources will waive the requirement for vehicle permits at all 74 state parks and recreation areas for the day.
If you're planning on camping at one of Minnesota's 72 State Parks, you'd better move fast. The DNR says about 30% of the campsites are nonreservable and are available on e first-come, first-served basis. So, the sooner you can get there today the better.
It's Memorial Day weekend! If you're still looking for something to do on this long holiday weekend, Jim Maurice and Abby Faulkner have come up with another list of "Five Cool Things" to do this weekend.
A third of Minnesota state parks could see their hours and services reduced under Republican-backed environmental bills approved by the Minnesota House and Senate. DNR officials say up to 10 parks might have to be "mothballed" until state finances improve, if the bills become law.
Visits to Minnesota state parks are up, and the Department of Natural Resources is crediting efforts to connect more people to the outdoors. Estimated total visits, based on car counts, were 9.5 million in 2010, up from 8.3 million in 2008.