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Michigan State Forest Campground Magically Reopens

June 6, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Editor’s Note: The following story comes from Gawker. com, a New York City-based blog.

As most of you know, West Branch State Forest Campground in Dickinson County, Michigan (on the Upper Peninsula, not the mitten-shaped one!) closed back in 2009 due to budget cuts. But recently someone has been mowing the grass, reopening the bathrooms, and moving rocks around.

Law enforcement officers from the state’s Department of Natural Resources want to talk to the secret campground caretaker — possibly to compensate them for doing all that free labor, but more likely to get them into some kind of trouble. You know how anti-worker Michigan is these days:

DNR officials said they aren’t sure whether someone just really wanted to camp at the campground or if whoever re-opened the campground was attempting to make a statement about the DNR’s plan announced in April to close 23 more of the rustic state forest campgrounds.

Maybe both? Or maybe the park has been overtaken by magickal forest fairies who turn to maintenance & repair as a way to distract themselves from the boredom of their serene, lonely lives. (FWIW, I’m going with “statement-maker.”)

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