"State Parks Sustain Vandalism After Minnesota Shutdown"

"Minnesota state parks closed at night since the government shutdown last week have reported numerous incidents of break-ins, vandalism burglary and graffiti, a state enforcement officer said on Wednesday.

The most extensive damage was reported at Afton State Park, where three buildings were broken into and items taken over the Fourth of July weekend, the Washington County sheriff said. Eleven adults and a juvenile were taken into custody."

David Bailey reports for Reuters July 6, 2011.


"Vandals Trash Closed State Parks" (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

"Officials: No 'White Knight' To Save State Parks" (Grass Valley Union)

"Vandalism, Looting Are Worries as Parks Close" (Arizona Daily Star)

Source: Reuters, 07/07/2011