Minnesota kids wearing life jackets while boating this each summer will not only be staying safe, but also could be rewarded with an ice cream treat.
The Department of Natural Resources partners with Dairy Queen each year to provide a free DQ treat coupon to anyone under 18 seen by a conservation officers (CO) wearing a life jacket while boating. The coupon entitles the child to a free cone from participating Dairy Queen restaurants.
The free treat coupon was created by the DNR after a CO suggested there be a reward for children he saw wearing their life jacket.
Minnesota county sheriff’s water patrol deputies also distribute the DNR’s free DQ treat coupon to children.
The program runs from May 1st through October 31st every year.