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Family members of Ansis Vilcins gathered at Lake Carlos State Park last weekend to celebrate his 100th birthday. Contributed photo

Camper celebrates 100th birthday at Lake Carlos State Park

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As he's been doing for the last 35 years or so, Ansis Vilcins returned to Lake Carlos State Park last week to enjoy the great outdoors and time with family.

But there was a new twist this year: Vilcins turned 100, prompting birthday cake and a big celebration.

The Echo Press featured Vilcins in a story last August. The story noted that even at the age of 99, Vilcins, an avid camper, slept in his own tent.

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