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Associated Press, Published July 03 2012

Flooding closes Jay Cooke State Park in Minnesota indefinitely

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Department of Natural Resources says a popular state park in northeastern Minnesota will stay closed indefinitely due to damage to Highway 210 caused by recent flooding.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports (http://bit.ly/NiFGSx ) that damage to Jay Cooke State Park was minimal, but its swing bridge over the St. Louis River was severely damaged.

Mudslides and washouts have made roads impassable.

The DNR says it's cancelling reservations through Oct. 31 and refunds are being offered. New reservations won't be taken until further notice.

The closure will cost about $175,000 in camping and lodging revenue.

Minnesota has 75 state parks and recreation areas and Jay Cooke State Park is the ninth most visited, with more than 302,000 visitors in 2010, including nearly 35,000 overnight visitors.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

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