A judge has thrown out the state’s controversial decision to add a snowmobile trail to a state park known for silent sports such as cross-country skiing.

The Department of Natural Resources violated its own rules when it approved snowmobiling at Blue Mound State Park, Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn ruled Tuesday.

In her ruling, Bailey-Rihn said she doesn’t know if snowmobiling should be allowed in the park, but state administrative rules require the department to plan park features using a classification system that identifiies compatible uses, and the DNR didn’t do that.

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