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Boat tours aim to teach kids about the history, dangers of the Mississippi River

Updated: October 16, 2019 06:38 PM

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the National Park Service to offer Mississippi River tours for kids.

The new push is to teach kids about one of the biggest local resources in Minnesota.

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Kids are invited out on a boat where they will tour the Mississippi River, learning about safety and the history of the river along the way. 

The Park Service said the education will help keep the younger generation safe and let them know the Mississippi is indeed a dangerous river that will do what it wants.

"We've got a national park right in our back yard, 72 miles of the river is a national park site. We are called the Mississippi National River and Recreation Aarea, that's because the river changes more so in this stretch than it does in the entire country," said Park Ranger Kyle Just. 

The tours take place the last two Saturdays of October and the first Saturday of November at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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