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Storm Damage Closes SW Minnesota State Park

Updated: 06/19/2014 11:13 AM
Created: 06/19/2014 6:22 AM KSTP.com

Flood damage caused by recent storms has forced the closing of Blue Mounds State Park in southwestern Minnesota.          

The state Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday the park will remain closed until further notice. All camping reservations at the park are being canceled through July 13.          

Officials decided to close the park until repairs could be made and services restored.          

The park, located near the city of Luverne, has received more than 11 inches of rain since Saturday. The rapidly rising Blue Mounds Creek damaged roads, trails, a bison fence and the spillway connecting the dam to Lower Mound Lake.          

No visitors to the park were hurt or evacuated. The park's bison herd remains in good health.          

Campers are being offered refunds or reservation transfers to another Minnesota state park.

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Photo: Courtesy of the Minnesota DNR

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