MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota wardens are urging residents to stay out of two state parks that sustained severe tree damage in a recent thunderstorm.

Chris Niskanen of the state Department of Natural Resources says it’s unsafe to enter Camden State Park and St. Croix State Park. He says hundreds of trees were toppled in Friday’s storm, leaving roads impassable and other trees unstable.

He says the parks were closed anyway because of the state government’s shutdown. But he says it’s extra-urgent to stay out because of safety issues.

Niskanen says once the shutdown ends, it could take several days before crews can clean the damage and reopen the parks.

He notes that the shutdown might have been fortuitous because people could have been injured in the storm had the parks been open.

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Comments (6)
  1. JH says:

    I’m camping up near St. Croix State Park. It really is bad and there are still many roads up here blocked by trees and power lines. They aren’t just trying to keep people out because of the shut down.

  2. Ron says:

    That’s the only good thing due to the shutdown.

  3. Alfred says:


    Sometimes after a storm, you will be walking along in the woods and a tree will just explode and kill you.

    Thank goodness the DNR is there to protect us.

  4. just an Average Minnesotan says:

    I’m trying to figure out which is more pointless: The warning that we should really stay out of these parks now because of the storm damage, even though we already have to stay out of them because of the shutdown. Or the fact that some journalist thought this was actually news and wrote a short article about it.

  5. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    Slow News Day?

  6. trl the alligator says:

    it is up to your OWN DISCRETION whether or not you decide to use OUR state parks…..just because we have inept and greedy elected officials who cant manage to do their jobs DOES NOT mean that we cannot use the parks THAT ARE OURS to enjoy. …..if you want to go THEN GO….ignore those who say or tell you that you cant.

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