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The age-old vacation question: to connect or not to connect?

Back in the day, with landline phones and rabbit-ear TV antennas, it was easy to disconnect from the outside world when you headed "up north."

But Minnesota's newest state park, Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, has all-electric campsites - and wifi.

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When you think about it, there are still parents and grandparents who remember when electricity first came to the farm or the cabin.

With the bulk of the system built in the late '40s and '50s, it's no surprise that the infrastructure is in need of a serious update.

Although Lake Country Power tries to replace at least twenty miles of those aging power lines above and below ground every year, they'll get a significant boost from the US Department of Agriculture's funding for rural electric infrastructure projects.