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When the plan first arose last year in Crookston, Minn., to place an RV park in Castle Park that would be place for tourists to camp but also temporary American Crystal Sugar workers, Wayne Melbye — an at-large member of the city council — thought early on that approval of the idea would be a slam dunk, the Crookston Times reported.

But then, he told citizens at a community forum at city hall this week, a couple of vocal opponents turned into a few vocal opponents. Then a grassroots groundswell commenced, and soon a big rally and press conference were held across he street from city hall.

At the council’s subsequent meeting in which Castle Park was officially removed from consideration as a potential RV park site, the council chambers in the basement of city hall weren’t large enough to hold the crowd hell-bent on protecting Castle Park.

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