- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The number of people camping overnight at state parks in North Dakota is at a record level this year, as the Parks and Recreation Department celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The agency says that through Oct. 25 there were 70,875 overnight stays at the 13 state parks, up more than 3 percent from the 2014 record of 68,480.

The record is likely to increase, with two months remaining in the camping season. Last year, there were more than 1,000 camping nights in November and December.

State Parks Director Mark Zimmerman says there have been favorable weather conditions almost every weekend this season.

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