- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Volunteers are helping clean up the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, where vandals extensively spray-painted rock formations.

Park ranger Wayne Buchholtz told the Telegraph Herald (https://bit.ly/1zx1IOj ) that the vandalism occurred on rocks in areas that aren’t easily accessible and that it was among the worst graffiti incidents at the state park in some time.

Paul and Sandy Meyer often take hikes in the park at least once per week in honor of their daughter, Lauren, who died in March.

“This was her favorite spot, so we like to come out here and think about her,” Paul Meyer said.

After hearing about the recent vandalism in the park, they decided to volunteer along with others on Monday to help clean the rocks by using wire brushes and paint remover. They plan to scrub away the remaining graffiti Friday.

Buchholtz said they have a list of possible suspects behind the vandalism. He says he’ll investigate further and speak with the Dubuque County Attorney’s Office about possible charges.

“You just (wonder) why people have to do something like this,” Buchholtz said. “I think it’s more frustrating for those people that come out here and want to use the park in the right way and enjoy nature, and they have to look at this.”


Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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