Minnesota State Parks Leads in National Contest

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August 30, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

The recent contest hosted by the National Park Foundation and Coca Cola where you can vote for your favorite park is showing some surprising results, notes Lauren Himiak in the National and State Parks blog,

So far, a little known state park is beating out other well-known state and national parks for the $100K top prize. Meet Bear Head Lake State Park in Minnesota.

The contest ends Tuesday (Aug. 31) and so far, the park had racked up more than 1.48 million votes, a half-million more than the runner-up, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So what does this state park have: a bear named Lily and her cub, Hope, who became Internet sensations earlier this year.

The bears, being studied by staffers at the nearby North American Bear Center, were featured on a webcam that's been visited millions of times.

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