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Early-season campers often encounter piles of snow and neighboring water puddles. And, as at Wisconsin's Pattison State Park, trails like in the background often are empty.

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SUPERIOR -- It was a dark and quiet night.

A really quiet night.

A little travel trailer and one small tent were the only camping units occupying any of the 62 campsites at Pattison State Park south of Superior on a recent night. The next night was just as lonely.


Most people do not experience such quietness in state park campgrounds.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.