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North Iowa Recreational Closed Indefinitely Due to Unlawful Acts

Officials in Worth County continue to contemplate what’s next for a popular recreational spot closed since last Wednesday night (06.10) due to a series of unlawful activities.

Kuennen Quarry, located about 20 miles north of Mason City in the Kuennen Quarry Wildlife Area, has been closed off to public access by the Worth County Conservation Board and the Worth County Sheriff’s Office. The decision comes after a June 10th incident in which authorities received a 911 call of an 18-year-old male passed out, blue in the face, and CPR was in progress. After emergency response personnel arrived and administered NARCAN to revive Collin Scott Clark Johnson of Hollandale, Minnesota, he was arrested for public intoxication. 

It was the latest incident in a series of unsavory activities at the quarry. Since June 1st, sheriff’s deputies and conservation officers have investigated cases of vandalism, fights in progress, narcotics sales, brandishing of firearms, assaults, littering, and alcohol violations.

Worth County Sheriff Dan Fanks says the quarry will not re-open to the public until they can ensure it’s a safe environment. He says officials continue their discussion of the situation while the quarry remains closed indefinitely.

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Mark Pitz

News Director
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