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Lake Carlos State Park, just north of Carlos, had a slight decrease in year-round permit sales last year, but participation in the park’s interpretive programs increased 15 percent over 2012. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

More state park use, permit sales rise

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If 2013 sales of Minnesota state park permits is any indication, more people are connecting with the outdoors.


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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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