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DNR Flooded With Calls For State Park Reservations

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ST. PAUL  (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports a record day after the state park reservation system reopened following the state’s government shutdown.

More than 4,100 camping and lodging reservations were made Tuesday, the first day the reservation system was open after the shutdown.

Reservation system manager Bill Anderson says 162 reservations were made in the first five minutes alone.

Anderson says it was the busiest day in the history of the DNR’s reservation system. The previous record was 1,761 reservations on June 2, 2008.

About three-fourths of the reservations made Tuesday were for overnight stays in 2011, the rest were for 2012. Itasca and Lake Carlos had the highest number of reservations. Camden and St. Croix  state parks remain closed due to storm damage.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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