Blue Mounds

The Blue Mounds State Park has acquired a new breeding bull with Yellowstone genetics to the herd. “We’ve been trying to acquire Yellowstone genetics for several years and are excited to be able to bring them in,” said park manager Chris Ingebretsen. The 2-year-old bull is a descendent of the...
The Blue Mounds State Park will soon be connected to rural water to address contamination issues, and Mound Creek is being restored after 2014 floods destroyed the dam and drained the lake. Meanwhile, a group of volunteers is working to create recreational opportunities in the park, since there's...
The Blue Mounds State Park is on its third camping season without drinking water — or water that’s safe to bathe in, for that matter. Essentially, the park’s water is suitable only for flushing toilets. “It’s a poor reflection on the state of Minnesota when we can’t even have drinking water in our...
  Bison, elk, wolves and prairie chickens roamed this part of Minnesota over 150-200 years ago. Today, a herd of bison resides in the park. The park has a small population of coyotes and a stable deer population. Birdwatchers can catch glimpses of several western species as well as the birds of the...
A preliminary drawing of future restoration plans for the basin show a meandering stream with boulders and oxbows that were prevalent in the pre-dam basin. Oxbows are off-stream inlets that fill in with sedimentation and provide quieter waters for safe havens for wildlife.
The lake and beach at the Blue Mounds State Park will not be replaced, but there are new recreational opportunities planned instead. This was the primary focus a March 9 Park Advisory Board meeting in Luverne. The Lower Lake drained in June 2014 after floodwaters blew out the concrete spillway...
The Blue Mounds State Park’s signature bison herd is a major draw for park visitors who come in search of the elusive creature. A planned “bison buggy” will make it easier to experience the unique animals, and the aim is to increase traffic between the park and the Luverne community. State parks...
This Star Herald file photo shows a gathering of community members and park visitors at the Blue Mounds State Park Interpretive Center for a Writer’s Series author event
The Blue Mounds State Park is popular for its unique features — the bison herd, native prairie and rock climbing on the Sioux quartzite cliffs. But it’s just one of nearly 70 state parks in Minnesota that require funding, and sometimes those dollars are allocated based on which needs are best...
Mild weather conditions greeted visitors Friday at Blue Mounds State Park where 70 vehicles took advantage of the free admission as an alternative to spending the entire day shopping the Black Friday sales. Enjoying the mild temperatures were (from left) Alex Ketchpaw, Nancy Cameron, Julie Leibold and Jim Leibold.
Looking for bison instead of shopping for gifts was the preferred activity for the Leibold and Ketchpaw families during Black Friday. Entrance fees to all 76 Minnesota state parks were waived the day after Thanksgiving to encourage people to spend more time outdoors and with family. The day after...
Youth can apply to hunt deer in the Blue Mounds State Park during a special hunt in November. “Parents or other adult mentors go with youth to the fields and forests during these annual hunting opportunities,” said Mike Kurre, Department of Natural Resources mentoring coordinator. “Time spent...
President Theodore Roosevelt traveled and stayed in a canvas tent like the one history impersonator Adam Lindquist assembled Saturday at the Blue Mounds State Park. Items inside the tent were authentic or commemorative to Roosevelt’s travels from 1903-1912, except for the awning that was added by Lindquist to provide shade for camp visitors.
Theodore Roosevelt was right at home at Blue Mounds State Park north of Luverne Saturday. Amid the prairie grasses and bison that make the state park their home, living history reenactor Adam Lindquist told visitors to his hunting camp display about the 26th president of the United States while...

Pages

Comment Here