People planning to camp at Minnesota State Parks will soon face a narrower window for reserving their sites. Starting July 1, reservations will only be allowed up to four months in advance, though reservations made prior to that date will still be honored.
Authorities believe someone intentionally cut down a large tree on Highway 61 in an effort to block access to Cook County. Sheriff Pat Eliasen said it's believed that the tree was cut down in response to concerns about visitors bringing the new coronavirus to Cook County.
State parks in northeastern Minnesota are in the midst of a phased reopening after the coronavirus pandemic. However, campers will have to wait until June 8 or later to camp in drive-in campgrounds at state parks on the North Shore.
A weekly update shows drought conditions have worsened in parts of the Northland, though the report is based on data gathered before Wednesday night's storms. The U.S. Drought Monitor says there is a severe drought in parts of St. Louis and Carlton counties.