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Minn. campground owner fights to keep business open

(Sept. 13, 2013) -- Cory Axelson was in Goodhue County District Court on Monday fighting an attempt by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to force a shutdown of the Hidden Valley Campground in Welch, writes the Cannon Falls Beacon.

WELCH, Minn. — Cory Axelson was in Goodhue County District Court on Monday fighting an attempt by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to force a shutdown of the Hidden Valley Campground in Welch, writes the Cannon Falls Beacon.

“Other communities would celebrate a business that’s been here 50 years, but Goodhue County has an agenda to shut me down,” says Axelson. “And to what end? What’s the final outcome? Is this a land grab by the county?” asked Axelson. “The county served a search warrant here in August and there must have been over a dozen county cars out here,” said Axelson. “How much are they spending in an effort to shut us down?”

The Cannon Falls Beacon reports that Axelson has been under pressure from Goodhue County, the MDH and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency since about 2008 to upgrade the sewage system for the campground. Axelson said he is the only campground in the county, and maybe the state, that has been asked to meet the stricter new standards for campground sewage systems that went in about 2009.

For the complete story from the Cannon Falls Beacon, click here.

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