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Do you enjoy learning about the natural world?  If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer. Blue Mounds State Park, Luverne, will host a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training beginning Sept. 11. Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on class with...
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...
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...
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...
To the Editor: It is sad to read all the problems plaguing the Blue Mounds State Park, beginning with the flood of 2014 that took out the lake. Growing up, the lake was a big draw for recreation. In the picture of the dam in the Star Herald after the flood, the dam appears to be OK. Just a big...
A Blue Mounds State Park Citizens Advisory Group will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Luverne Chamber office to discuss future recreation at the park and in the community. According to Kathy Dummer, southern region manager for Minnesota Parks and Trails, the meeting will be a...
Bailey Cowell
  Local youth have success in weekend hunt at state park Ten area young people participated in the special deer hunt at the Blue Mounds State Park over the weekend. Among them, five hunters had success in the event that’s designed to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources in the park...
Blue Mounds State Park to close during youth deer hunt Nov. 19 and 20 During a special hunt to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources on Nov. 19 and 20, Blue Mounds State Park will close to all except youth hunters who were drawn in the special permitted hunt. Visitors are welcome to...
The Father’s Day flood of 2014 tore through the spillway of the dam at the Blue Mounds State Park, draining what had been the park’s Lower Lake. Since then, park visitors and community members have been waiting for answers about what would be done about the flood damage. Those answers were...

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