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Minn. DNR Releases Draft Plan For New State Park

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Lake Vermilion State Park (credit: Minnesota DNR)

Lake Vermilion State Park (credit: Minnesota DNR)

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Department of Natural Resources officials say they want to gear a new state park in northeastern Minnesota toward younger people.

The state released its draft plan for the Lake Vermilion State Park, which was purchased from U.S. Steel in May.

The DNR calls it a “pilot park,” where new ideas and activities will be rolled-out — more than any other state park.

The plan includes archery, mountain biking, geocaching and orienteering as well as more common park activities like camping, snowmobiling and boating.

Public comments will be accepted until Dec. 22, with public meetings next month in the Twin Cities and Tower.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that lawmakers are expected to consider the plan early next year. The DNR hopes to build the park through 2020.

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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