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All Minnesota state parks, including Afton State Park, have been closed since June 30 after the state entered into a government shutdown.

Take a hike


Many Minnesotans had their Fourth of July plans foiled when state politicians' failure to reach a compromise on a two-year budget resulted in a government shutdown and the closure of all of Minnesota's state parks.

However, park-goers and campers weren't completely without a paddle over the holiday weekend -- Minnesota's regional parks and Wisconsin's state parks were still open for business.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.