- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - A former gravel pit that’s now a nearly 40-acre lake in Blue Earth County could become the main attraction for a new regional park near Mankato.

Blue Earth County and Mankato officials have been talking with the owners of the land near the Le Sueur River that could be used for biking, fishing, kayaking and camping. The potential park would include about 150 acres, making it the county’s largest park.

The Free Press (https://bit.ly/1K205M0 ) says SMC of Mankato has talked to local officials about donating or selling the land and has forwarded the idea to its corporate parent, Oldcastle Materials, Inc., a subsidiary of CRH, a worldwide construction materials company.

County officials say the Guaranteed Gravel and Sand site, now filled with water, no longer has resources that can be extracted economically.

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Information from: The Free Press, https://www.mankatofreepress.com

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