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GOVENOR DODGE STATE PARK -- During the Fourth of July weekend upwards of 5,000 people visit the Governor Dodge State Park. That was complicated this year by a tornado that visited the park in the days leading up to the holiday.
The tornado swept through the park last Sunday night damaging trees, campgrounds and trails. State employees began work on Monday morning to clear debris in time for the holiday weekend.
“All day Monday we worked clearing out camp sites, cutting all the downed trees in the camp sites and getting the roads cleared out,” says Kathy Gruentzel, Governor Dodge State Park Superintendent.
When visitors started rolling into the park on July 4 the camp sites and roads had been cleared and most, but not all of the trails had been reopened.
“We’re open. We’re a little dusty and dirty and a little debris scattered all over and lot of trees down and a lot of branches all over,” says Gruentzel. “It may not be as pretty as it normally is but we’re open and things are functioning.”
While the tornado did cut a path of damage through the park there is still a very large area untouched by the storm. Governor Dodge State Park covers more than 5,000 acres and visitors had no problem finding the beauty they were looking for.
“Not impacting us at all and I wouldn’t expect it to,” says Todd Murwin, a park visitor.
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