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Soudan Underground Mine runner-up in 'America's Favorite Park' contest

The Soudan Underground Mine State Park will receive a $50,000 grant for being runner up in the 'America's Favorite Park' national contest. Park officials say the money will be used toward park improvements -- like recreation shelters.
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The Soudan Underground Mine State Park will receive a $50,000 grant for being runner up in the 'America's Favorite Park' national contest. Park officials say the money will be used toward park improvements -- like recreation shelters.

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Soudan Mine wins $50,000 recreation grant

Minnesota's oldest iron-ore mine has been awarded a $50,000 grant. Soudan Mine Underground State Park officials say they plan to use the money to build new recreation shelters, information kiosks and a facility to host its geo-caching program.

Soudan Mine reopens this weekend, 14 months after fire

Soudan Underground Mine State Park has been closed since a fire broke out in the half-mile deep mine shaft more than a year ago. Part of the shaft had to be rebuilt. But with repairs finished, park officials expect a bigger-than-usual crowd this summer.

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