I’m a little confused about something concerning the state shutdown. On Sunday, I was out for a bike ride and decided to try the Sakatah Trail. When I got to the entrance, there was a big sign blocking the trail that said it was closed. I went around the sign and about a mile into the trail, someone had blocked the trail with several large steel culverts. Okay, I got the message.

We had planned a trip to southeast Minnesota to do some bicycling and I called the resort where we made our reservations and asked if the trail was closed down there. The lady who answered said that there were plenty of bikes on the trail and she didn’t think it was closed. She said it was safe and we didn’t have to cancel our trip.

Then, I went to the Department of Natural Resources website. The website stated their position during the shutdown. Item six stated: “6. What about state trails and public water accesses? These areas will be maintained and do not have restroom facilities or water service, but are available for day use. Please be especially mindful of all safety guidelines.”

Do you understand my confusion? I enjoy the Sakatah Trail and I think it’s a great asset to our community. Why did they close our trail and not others?

 

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