Part of Minn. park where slide killed 2 closed

6:37 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
  • St. Paul Fire Department's photo of the collapse location at Lilydale Park.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says an area of a park wheretwo children were killed in a gravel slide is now indefinitely closed.

Coleman also says no permits will be issued for fossil hunting in Lilydale Regional Park.

Fourth-graders from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park were on a fossil-hunting field trip in the park Wednesday when a rockslide killed two children and injured two others.

Coleman said Thursday "our hearts, our minds, our prayers and our thoughts go out to the families" of the victims.

The mayor calls it "a tragic day for St. Paul."

St. Paul typically issues about 400 permits a year for school and other groups to explore a part of the park where numerous fossils are embedded in the Mississippi River bluff.

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