Black Friday deal at Minnesota state parks

- There’s a Black Friday deal at Minnesota state parks! The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith are taking a cue from outdoor retailer REI and encouraging people to get outside and enjoy nature on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Entry to all 76 Minnesota state parks will be free on Nov. 27. A daily permit normally costs $5.

“Research shows that spending time outdoors benefits children and adults, including improving mood, enhancing creative thinking and problem solving, promoting a conservation ethic, and improving physical fitness,” Smith’s office said in a statement. “On Thanksgiving Day, the average American consumes around 4,500 calories. A brisk walk can burn about 300 calories in one hour.”

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