Blue Mounds State Park
Despite a record wettest June that kept Minnesotans hunkered down at home, state figures show that more people than ever are getting outdoors to take advantage of Minnesota’s state parks. Officials with the Department of Natural Resources credit the revenue stream from the Legacy Amendment sales tax increase.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne will reopen Monday after a monthlong shutdown caused by flood damage. The park in southwestern Minnesota was forced to close June 18. The campground, interpretive center, climbing area and all trails except the Mound Creek Trail will reopen Monday.
The people of Duluth are enjoying some national recognition. Readers of Outside Magazine voted online and declared Duluth the best town in the nation. It does offer plenty of ways to get people off the couch and out of the house, from hiking and biking to kayaking and climbing. And many people get started at a young age.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed Blue Mounds State Park due to flood damage from recent storms. The park, which is 3 ½ hours southwest of Minneapolis, received more than 11 inches of rain since last Friday.
The water has been going down in southwestern Minnesota, where officials closed all four lanes of Interstate 90 from Luverne to the South Dakota border.
With Memorial Day weekend coming up, officials at Blue Mounds State Park in southwest Minnesota are dealing with the discovery of E. coli in the water. The park’s website says the water system serving the office and main campground tested positive for the bacteria May 12 and is not safe for drinking.
Minnesota’s beautiful parks are a major part of what makes this state special. Here are a few that need to be seen to be believed.
Ice storm damage in southwestern Minnesota has led to the closure of the campground at Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne through April 21.
It seems hard to fathom, but western settlement nearly wiped out the nation’s bison herd — some 30 to 60 million animals. That herd stretched from Minnesota’s grasslands to the Rocky Mountains. But over the years, hard work has brought the bison back.
The Minnesota Zoo and the DNR agreed to join forces Thursday in an effort to preserve and show off a herd of genetically-pure bison that lives in southwestern Minnesota.
If you ever find yourself traveling west on Highway 60 you’ll see a lot of open space. But, there are some special places along the way. I grew up in Worthington and wanted to share some spots that are not-to-be-missed if you’re making the trip to Southwest Minnesota.