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The Blue Mounds State Park interpretive center is the former home of author Fred Manfred built into the side of Sioux quartzite bedrock. The observation area atop the structure is where Manfred spent most of his time writing, and on a clear day eight counties in the states of Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota can be seen from this point.
The historic Fred Manfred home atop the Blue Mounds State Park has been closed to the public for several years because of hazards due to moisture. The home, which was once the park’s interpretive center, was on the agenda of Thursday night’s Blue Mounds State Park Advisory Group meeting. Support...
Last week officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources returned to Luverne with a plan to serve residents of Rock County and those who visit the Blue Mounds State Park. After deciding not to replace and restore the Lower Lake and its dam, DNR officials are now showing they do care...
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...
Connecting to Rock County Rural Water is the best solution for safe drinking water at Blue Mounds State Park, but timing for the project hinges on state funding. Kathy Dummer, DNR regional manager of parks and trails based in New Ulm, relayed the decision in a Nov. 3 letter to the Rock County...
About the same number of small game hunters took to the field in 2015 compared to the year before. By species, the number of pheasant hunters was up slightly, with duck hunters stable and grouse hunters down slightly, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual small game...
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...
The beach and lake will not be replaced at the Blue Mounds State Park.
The Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday morning, June 22, the dam and lake at Blue Mounds State Park will not be rebuilt. It’s not the answer the local park users were hoping for, but the decision will likely have long-term implications for water quality and habitat. Scientists,...
Minnesotans can take children 15 or younger fishing without licenses on Friday, June 10, to Sunday, June 12, during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend. “This weekend is a way to introduce a kid to fishing without purchasing a fishing license,” said Jeff Ledermann, angler recruitment, retention and...
Q: How does the DNR decide whether to aerate a lake to prevent winter fish kill? A: The DNR does not aerate lakes, but we do issue permits to lake associations, counties and other local partners who wish to aerate shallow lakes that are prone to fish kills due to lack of dissolved oxygen in the...
Winter is the best time to prune trees to keep them healthy and protect them from disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

 “Pruning trees when they are dormant is a way to protect them from diseases such as oak wilt or Dutch elm disease that are active during the...

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