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MINNESOTA From the Star Tribune, Minneapolis Xcel Energy Inc. must remain on the sidelines of a legal battle that could decide whether the utility’s coal-burning power plant in Becker, Minn., must cut emissions to reduce haze over Voyageurs National Park. U.S....

Coalition: NPS Should Raise Park Entry Fees

A coalition led by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and the National Park Hospitality Association (NPHA) is asking National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis to increase entrance fees in parks that now charge them, and to expand such fees into parks...

Columnist Finds Humor in Ga.'s Bible Battle

Editor’s Note: The following “letter to God” was written by Dick Yarborough, a columnist for the Covington (Ga.) News: Dear God: I apologize for contacting you in such a public manner, but there is an issue here in Georgia I need to discuss with You...

RV Lifestyles Featured in 'U.S. News' Report

In a move away from traditional cookie cutter-style retirement communities, many new retirement niches have emerged to serve new preferences among Baby Boomer retirees, writes U.S. News. Retirees are now opting for choices beyond traditional golf course and ocean-view...

'Instant' Summer Arriving in Much of Alaska

Barely two weeks ago, snows blanketed much of Alaska. Temperatures and moods plummeted — from south-central, to the Interior, to the Bering Sea coast. Fast-forward: On Wednesday (May 29), sun seekers pushed outside en masse, lured to local lakes, parks and...

Wind Damages Jellystone Park in Wisconsin

Severe weather caused damage at a campground south of La Crosse, Wis., Wednesday night (May 29). KMSP-TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul, reported that strong winds knocked four campers over at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts in Bagley, Wis. Several trees were...

Campers: New TVA Campground Regs 'Poor'

The holiday weekend at Southern Komfort Campground in western Kentucky, owner Larry Hellcamp said, was “disappointing.” For the first time he can remember, campsites sat empty on a holiday weekend. Those vacancies, according to Hellcamp, translated to a...

Nevada Assembly Decides to Tax RV Visitors

Nevada lawmakers are looking to see if they turn up more cash from snowbirds. Already the state mandates that anyone of the age of 10 who resides in the Silver State for more than 31 consecutive days must purchase a seasonal identification card at a cost of $12...

New KOA in Waterloo, Iowa, Ready to Open

The Grand Opening Celebration for the Waterloo/Lost Island Waterpark KOA Campground will be June 14-16 at the campground at 4550 Hess Road in Waterloo, Iowa. The newly constructed campground, which became part of the 486-campground KOA system in 2012, has events...

Floodwaters Block Iowa Campground Exit

Today’s video is courtesy of WOI-TV, Des Moines, Iowa. Rivers and creeks across the area are bursting with water built up over the past couple days. Campers at Cutty’s RV Campground in Grimes discovered Wednesday afternoon (May 29) that water covered their...

Buckner Shares His Side of Ga. Park Ordeal

Ed Buckner, 67, calls he and his family “big fans of state and national parks and have been for years.” The son of an Episcopal clergyman, Buckner has visited most of Georgia’s state parks and stayed in state park cabins often when he traveled as a Georgia state...

'Glamping' Popularity Typifies U.S. Culture

A chef is there to prepare gourmet meals, fresh trout sauteed with herbs and French toast topped with huckleberries picked from the mountains. Or, if you like, a hot dog roasted over the fire with pork and beans. A butler makes your posh king-sized bed each day,...