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DNR to close nude beach during week

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources is closing down an infamous southern Wisconsin nude beach on weekdays.

Nudists from around the country have been traveling to the beach near Mazomanie for decades. The DNR has been struggling to curtail sex and drug use at the beach for years. Wardens arrested 26 people for illicit sex and 16 people for drugs during just nine days of surveillance in 2011.

The agency announced Tuesday it will close the beach, surrounding islands and wooded areas on weekdays beginning immediately. The beach will remain open on weekends from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Warden Nate Kroeplin says DNR records indicate most of the illegal activity takes place on weekdays.

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