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While the entire span of the Swinging Bridge over the St. Louis River at Jay Cooke State Park was damaged by flooding in June, the northern approach to the bridge was particularly hard-hit, with metal twisted by the force of water and debris. The park hopes to reopen the bridge next year. (2012 file / News Tribune)

Four months after being devastated by floods, popular Northland state park to reopen Monday

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Jay Cooke State Park will reopen Monday, four months after flooding washed away roads, trails and bridges.

"We're excited to let people back into the park," park naturalist Kristine Hiller said. "We have been closed for four months, and I think we are all starting to go into visitor withdrawal. It's a big part of our job to be social."

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