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Buckthorn Bash at Glacial Lakes State Park Sept. 16

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STARBUCK -- It took ten years and hundreds of hours of labor, but Glacial Lakes State Park is down to its last buckthorn-a fast-growing exotic shrub that threatened to take over the park's historic prairie landscape. To celebrate what many said couldn't be done, the public is invited to join with DNR staff and volunteers for a Buckthorn Bash event at the park.

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Glacial Lakes State Park and the Friends of Glacial Lakes invite visitors to join the Buckthorn Bash festivities scheduled Sunday, Sept. 9 at the park's southeast picnic area where food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Activities will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a guided hike on the prairie.

Throughout the day, events will include crafts for kids, geocaching demonstrations, a kick-the-tires implement fair, and an opportunity to visit with area resource specialists about prairies, buckthorn control and more.

A special panel discussion featuring biofuel experts is also scheduled along with tours of the new camper cabin donated by the Friends of Glacial Lakes.

The celebration will close at 3 p.m. with a ceremonial cutting of the last buckthorn and celebratory bonfire.

Although the Buckthorn Bash is free and open to the public, a daily or annual Minnesota State Park vehicle permit is required to enter the park.

For more information or a detailed schedule of events contact Glacial Lakes State Park at (320) 239-2860 or visit www.mnstateparks.info.

Glacial Lakes State Park is located near the town of Starbuck about 140 miles from the Twin Cities. From the town of Starbuck, go three miles south on Highway 29, then two miles south on County Road 41.

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