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Missouri Ordered To Sell Part Of Land Purchased For State Park

ALTON, Mo. (AP) — A judge has ordered Missouri to sell part of nearly 4,200 acres of land it bought in 2016 along the Eleven Point River. The state intended to open a new state park along the river. But a lawsuit filed in 2017 argued 625 acres of the land in Oregon County were within a federal easement along the river, meaning it could be used only for agricultural purposes. In a ruling issued Tuesday, Oregon County Circuit Judge Steven Privette ruled the easement meant the federal land cannot be used for a state park. He ordered the state to relinquish ownership of acres within the easement.