The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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July 3, 2013

Trees causing logjam on Mississippi near St. Paul

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Storm-swept trees and branches, some as big as telephone poles, are creating a logjam on the Mississippi River near downtown St. Paul.

But the Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/17SYRkA ) there's some question as to who is responsible for paying for the removal.

St. Paul's emergency management director Rick Larkin says they are trying to reach an agreement with the St. Paul Yacht Club to hire a contractor to move the material.

Larkin says the logjam should be broken to protect the safety of those using Harriet Island Regional Park.

But the Yacht Club's manager, Roger Anderson, says they've never been responsible for it before.

Larkin estimated the cost might range from $15,000 to $25,000. Anderson says he thinks that estimate is low because the pile continues to grow daily.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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