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Trails by candlelight

A candle-lit trail event is set for Saturday, January 15 at Lake Carlos State Park in Alexandria.

These family-friendly events provide an opportunity to walk, hike, ski or snowshoe on trails illuminated by the glow of candles. Park visitors can then warm up around a fire and roast marshmallows or have a hot drink.

The candle-lit trails are flat and easy so that children and beginners can feel comfortable participating. Snowshoes can be rented for $6.

The event is free, but a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks. Vehicle permits are $5 for a one-day permit and $25 for a year-round permit and can be purchased at the park.

Skiers age 16 and older will also need a Minnesota ski pass. Daily passes are $6 and can be purchased at the park office the night of the event, online at mndnr.gov or from any of Minnesota's nearly 1,800 electronic license system vendors.

In case of bad weather, the event may be changed or canceled. For weather updates, directions to the park and information about equipment rental, call (320) 852-7200 or visit the park's web page at mndnr.gov.

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