Apr 11, 2013 at 10:02 am
LUVERNE, Minn. (AP) Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne has closed its campground through Sunday, April 21, due to ice damage. Park
Manager Craig Beckman said freezing rain and strong winds have taken down numerous trees and branches in the park’s campground. No campers were in the park during the storm and no injuries occurred.
Once it is safe for park staff to enter the campground area, they will begin ground clean-up and assess standing trees for potential hazards. Other areas of the park will remain open during clean-up and assessment.
The park is home to a herd of about 75 bison. Beckman said the herd is faring well through the storm. Their thick winter coats and protective fat layer insulate them from the cold, while their powerful heads act as snowplows to help them reach prairie grass.
Blue Mounds State Park is located four miles north of Luverne on U.S. Highway 75.
Temp: 74°F (23°C)
Wind: 8 N
Weather: Partly Cloudy