- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - The Gull Lake Dam and Recreation Area in northern Minnesota is reopening to the public for the first time since it was damaged in a summer storm that swept the Brainerd Lakes area 10 months ago.

Minnesota Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1qOGSWU ) that campsites, the beach and Gull Lake boat access reopened this week.

Winds up to 100 miles per hour caused millions of dollars in damage to the Gull Lake area. Resorts began to reopen just a few days after the storm, but it’s taken longer for the recreation area. Ranger Brian Turner says his park took some of the worst winds.

He estimates more than 2,000 trees were downed.

It took prison work crews and thousands of volunteer hours to restore the recreation area.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, https://www.mprnews.org

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