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Minnesota voters pick canoe scene for license plate

ST. PAUL--Online voters have picked a classic northwoods scene of a canoe tied to a dock near a pine tree on a lake as Minnesota's newest license plate.

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This new license plate will be available from Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services this fall as part of the ongoing celebration of the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails.

ST. PAUL-Online voters have picked a classic northwoods scene of a canoe tied to a dock near a pine tree on a lake as Minnesota's newest license plate.

The new license plate will be available from Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services this fall as part of the ongoing celebration of the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails. The cost will start at $60, including a $50 annual donation to the state's parks and trails fund.

The plates will allow the vehicle free admission to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for the year, replacing the need for a $25 vehicle permit.

"This new license plate allows Minnesotans to invest in the future of our parks and trails, and proudly demonstrate that commitment on their vehicles," Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said in a statement announcing the winner.

The winning entry is said to depict all four Minnesota seasons. The dock is unusual in that it is S-shaped and not straight or L-shaped.

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The winning plate design was submitted by Michelle Vesaas of Coon Rapids, who said she was inspired by Minnesota's outdoor beauty no matter the season. "Even in the coldest days of winter, if you're dressed for it, there is incredible beauty to be found," she said in a statement.

Outdoor enthusiast and author Tom Watson of Appleton was a finalist in the contest. His image featured two hikers crossing the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park.

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