Judge Orders Minn. Campground to Close up

September 25, 2013 by   - () 1 Comment

A judge has issued a temporary injunction to keep a controversial campground from operating until it gets a license from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The Red Wing Republican Eagle reported that 1st District Judge Lawrence Clark sided with the state health commissioner who filed a lawsuit Aug. 5 against Hidden Valley Campground and its owner Cory Axelson.

The court order prevents Axelson from opening the campground in Welch as a recreational camping area without a health license, which it has not had since the end of 2011.

The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office alleged Axelson violated licensing statute by opening the campground to more than four tents and RVs — the state minimum to be considered a recreational camping area — in 2012 and 2013.

A warranted search of the campground July 27 by Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office and MDH staff discovered more than 100 occupied campsites, according to court documents.

Hidden Valley Campground was kept open on a limited basis in 2012 and 2013 because the property’s conditional-use permit, or CUP, with Goodhue County would be lost if the site is not used for 90 days, attorney Julie Nagorski said at a hearing Sept. 9.

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One Response to “Judge Orders Minn. Campground to Close up”

  1. Terry Fruth on February 21st, 2014 8:55 pm

    The Goodhue County District Court and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have both, in the last couple of weeks issued final orders and judgements against HVC for violation of campground licensing and pollution laws. HVC has been operating without a license and without an approved sanitation system. I am the leader of our neighborhood group and will send you the court and MPCA orders if you send me your email address. Terry Fruth