Food shelves help put food on holiday tables
Thanksgiving is a holiday built around gratitude, family and almost definitely food. That’s why area food shelves are helping those in need by providing Thanksgiving dinners to the familiesthey serve. As they give to those in need, they’re also grateful to those who help them give.
Area food shelves help hundreds of families and give away tens of thousands of pounds of food a month. The Crosslake, Emily, Pine River-Backus and Lakes Area food shelves all provided families who needed it with a box of food with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner.
While they all do things a little bit differently, they all reach the same goal: putting food on the holiday table.
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith announces free admission to state parks on Black Friday
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr announced November 13 that entrance fees to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be waived on Friday, Nov. 27 for “Free Park Friday,” encouraging Minnesotans to spend time outdoors, and with family, on the day after Thanksgiving.
“At a time of year when Minnesotans pause to give thanks, I am so grateful for the incredible state parks and trails we have here in Minnesota,” said Smith. “Visiting these parks is a great way to spend time with family and loved ones, relieve stress, and enjoy exercise in the great outdoors.”
Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Friday, Nov. 27, to be “Free Park Friday” at all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. The governor also directed the DNR Commissioner to exercise his statutory authority to issue a written order, waiving entrance fees to state parks on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
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