Minnesota's first new state park in more than 30 years is a step closer to completion.
The park, which is located on the rocky shore of Lake Vermilion in northeastern Minnesota, sits on five miles of waterfront and includes both soft and hardwood forests. This afternoon, park officials will break ground for the first campground.
A number of state leaders will be there for that groundbreaking: Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Tom Bakk, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Pawlenty was governor when the park was created and he championed the cause, which was not without controversy. He joined MPR News' Euan Kerr to talk about the project.