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North Iowa Recreational Spot Now Open Daily, Hours Still Limited

After a second trial run over the July Fourth weekend, officials are opening a popular recreational spot in Worth County on a daily basis, but hours are still limited.

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 quarry remained closed until re-opening for an initial 3-day trial run starting Friday, June 25th.

In a Facebook post Tuesday (07.06), the conservation board gave approval to reopening the quarry to seven days a week, however the daily hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. will remain the same. The board will be reevaluating next week to continue with phased reopening in hopes of adding more hours of accessibility. They also remind patrons that if the gate is closed, the park is also closed.

 

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Mark Pitz

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