Popular Minn. Campground’s Troubles Mount

March 17, 2014 by   - () Comments Off on Popular Minn. Campground’s Troubles Mount

Hidden Valley campground in Welch, Minn., has run into more problems since Goodhue County Judge Lawrence Clark approved a permanent injunction last month, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reported.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency revoked the popular campground’s wastewater-disposal permit last month, one day after Clark ruled Feb. 3 on a lawsuit filed by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Cory Axelson, who owns and operates the 300-acre campground, has until mid-April to respond to that MPCA decision.

Axelson and Hidden Valley were back before Clark last week, as well.

Hidden Valley campground was fined $100 March 10 after being convicted of a petty misdemeanor charge filed July 16, 2013, over a disorderly conduct complaint.

Those proceedings are the latest legal issues the campground has faced during a lengthy, contentious relationship with Goodhue County officials. Commissioner Ron Allen said last month that the conversation has been ongoing for about seven years and Axelson “just doesn’t get it.”

State officials became involved in 2011 after nine health violations were found during a routine inspection.

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