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Contest: Your work of art could be on Minnesota's newest license plates

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Minnesota wildlife officials are calling the artistic and the competitive to step up for a chance to have their artwork featured on the next state license plate.

The Department of Natural Resources put out a news release saying a new, special license plate will be available to Minnesotans to purchase. Special plates have been around for 125 years, and the latest ones will support state parks and trails, as well as provide free entry to those areas.

And you have the chance to design them.

Erika Rivers – the DNR's director of the Parks and Trails Division – says they're looking for "an image that captures the essence of Minnesota state parks and trails."

People have a few months to hit the drawing board. Entries will be accepted between May 2 and May 6 at 4 p.m.

The DNR says entries will be judged on creativity, quality, representation of the parks and trails, and how well they're suited to a license plate.

Once the top three finalists are selected, it's up to the public. Those remaining three images will be posted online for people to vote on.

For contest rules and a design template, click here.

According to the DNR, the new plates should be out in October. They'll cost $60 plus tax.

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