Anxiousness builds around new Minn. park at Lake Vermilion as development enters pivotal phase

  • Article by: BRIAN BAKST , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 25, 2013 - 9:46 PM

SOUDAN, Minn. — With its thick forest of towering pines, sweeping views from overlooks and alluring islands, Lake Vermilion State Park has all the ingredients of an appealing getaway destination. What's lacking are visitors.

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woodyagAug. 25, 13 2:43 PM

"a valley of aspen pine trees"... Really? Cool. Must be new GMO trees, huh? Would those be the dominant trees in the photo - the ones that look so much like spruce or balsam fir? :-)

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nonau55Aug. 25, 13 3:44 PM

Nothing is sacred anymore. I don't understand the concept of playing homeless for a weekend - "getting in touch with nature", but needing a phone/computer 24/7.

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gutshotAug. 25, 13 4:25 PM

nonau55: loks like Red/Norway Pine in the foreground!!!

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carlbsAug. 25, 13 4:52 PM

I wish they would keep it as a wilderness park. This is a unique opportunity to do something unique. There is a reason people from all over the world flock to the BWCA. Primitive camping sites vs. RV hookups and visitor centers and gift shops. Wood chip trails vs. asphalt. Assess the biological flora and fauna and protect where needed, but keep man's hand out of it as much as possible.

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greatxAug. 25, 13 9:26 PM

carlbs says: "Primitive camping sites vs. RV hookups and visitor centers and gift shops"

Wait till you are old and fat, you will welcome an RV, electricity, and visitor center.

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Rob7304Aug. 25, 13 9:49 PM

The Tower-Ely area desperately needs private property owners paying taxes as the tax base has collapsed. Most of the good jobs are gone. Business' are closed everywhere you look. And the property owners that are left are being taxed to the max - at least the Lake Vermilion property owners are. Property is for sale all over the lake because of high property taxes. The new park should have been developed into lake lots, to provide jobs and to broaden the tax base. You want rustic? Just go further north and east. How much further? About a mile.

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arspartzAug. 25, 1310:49 PM

Has the state grown? When will we have enough parks?

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sunstarmoonAug. 26, 13 5:00 PM

Without Minn not being any closer to stopping the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species, this Park will simply facilitate a quicker contamination of this most wonderful lake. Too bad the DNR and Lessard Council have their priorities bass ackwards

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