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ITASCA STATE PARK

Itasca State Park naturalist Connie Cox said there are a variety of colors in the park already, with peak colors expected in mid- to late September.
Black bears live in the forests throughout the Itasca State Park area and normally avoid people. But when humans leave out food sources with enticing odors, such as bird feeders, unsecured garbage cans or remnants of campfire cooking and picnics, bears will come.
Elk roaming free in northwestern Minnesota today are the result of a program at Itasca State Park to reintroduce the species to the state.
Because of the drought, the changing colors of leaves might not be quite as dramatic as other years but a little more muted.
The law enforcement presence has been minimal so far, with some Hubbard County sheriff’s deputies nearby along with some Minnesota State Patrol troopers and Department of Natural Resources officers. At one point, however, a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter flew in very low to try to flush out demonstrators from the site. It hovered about 20 feet off the ground, blowing up sand and dirt aggressively. A loudspeaker broadcast warned people they would be arrested if they didn’t leave the area.
Source of the Mississippi River

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While many people spent the cold weekend snug in their homes, Hal and Ronda Sanders of Bemidji were making their most of their time at Itasca State Park by getting out on the trails.

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