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Split Rock Lighthouse State Park gets bigger

TWO HARBORS, Minn. (AP) -- Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is getting bigger. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it's adding a 19-acre parcel of land within the park. The Division of Parks and Trails had been pursuing the propert...

TWO HARBORS, Minn. (AP) -- Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is getting bigger.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it's adding a 19-acre parcel of land within the park.

The Division of Parks and Trails had been pursuing the property for the past 25 years and closed the deal on Dec. 23.

Funding comes from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

The addition of the new land brings the size of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park to 2,089 acres. The property is about 150 feet above Lake Superior along both sides of Highway 61.

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The Split Rock Lighthouse celebrated its 100th birthday in 2010. Of Minnesota's 73 state parks and recreation acres, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park was the sixth most visited in 2010.

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