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Paul Otto, manager at Sibley State Park, stacks a bundle of campfire wood Friday that was purchased from a DNR-certified vendor. Because of this week's discovery of the emerald ash borer in St. Paul, state parks are increasing their vigilance in keeping unapproved firewood out of parks. Photo by Carolyn Lange

Ash borer closing in

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NEW LONDON -- As people started checking in early Friday morning at Sibley State Park for a weekend of camping, the office staff there received an urgent email about the emerald ash borer that will affect all visitors at every state park.

The notice gave firm instructions for park personnel to question overnight visitors about whether they had firewood with them.

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