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Officials Add More Open Hours for Popular North Iowa Recreational Spot

After a trial run last weekend, officials are extending the hours of access to a popular recreational spot in Worth County in time for the July Fourth weekend.

Kuennen Quarry, located in the Kuennen Quarry Wildlife Area, about 20 miles north of Mason City, was closed off to public access by the Worth County Conservation Board and the Worth County Sheriff’s Office after an incident involving underaged drinking the night of June 10th. The Worth County Sheriff’s Office said it was the latest in a series of unsavory activities at the quarry since June 1st. During that 10-day period, sheriff’s deputies and conservation officers investigated cases of vandalism, fights in progress, narcotics sales, brandishing of firearms, assaults, littering, and alcohol violations.

The closure lasted until last Friday (06.25), when the conservation board gave the reopening a three-day trial run through Sunday. After officials evaluated the weekend, it was decided to add two days of access for this week. Kuennen Quarry will be open again Wednesday, June 30th through Sunday, July 4th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the same daily hours as the past weekend.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Worth County Conservation said they will reevaluate the situation Tuesday, July 6th to continue with phased reopening, adding, “Once we are back to 7 days a week we will look at adding hours. If the gate is closed, the park is also closed.”  Patrons are asked to report any illegal activity in continuing effort to keep the park open.

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Mark Pitz

News Director
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