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Wisconsin's national parks are economic development engines

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's two national parks attract more than people.

The National Park Service says they also create jobs and millions of dollars to the places where they're located.

In a new report, the agency said 274,000 people spent $28 million in 2012 in and around the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore at Bayfield, and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in St. Croix Falls.

The Park Service credits the facilities for creating 442 jobs in the areas of the parks -- both of which are in the northwest part of the state.

Almost 60 percent of the total visitors went to the Apostle Islands. The St. Croix Riverway is lesser known, since it was only established eight years ago.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)