The Shire of Rockhaven must regretfully announce the cancellation of the CrossSticks event, scheduled for September 29, in Rice, MN.
The site for the event ran into unexpected environmental complications. Benton Beach Campground closed their beach at the end of July due to unprecedented algae growth in adjoining Little Rock Lake. The algae has been determined to secrete fumes that can cause respiratory problems.
We hoped that with cooler weather and rain the algae would subside, however after a month of observation, we have seen no improvement. The park has not made any plans to reopen the beach this season.
We would like to thank all who have submitted their time and effort in helping prepare for this event, and look forward to seeing you all again in the near future.
The Shire of Rockhaven