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MINNESOTA RIVER

The Minnesota River rises in Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota–South Dakota border just south of the Laurentian Divide at the Traverse Gap portage, flows southeast to Mankato, then turns northeast to join the Mississippi at Mendota south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, near Fort Snelling.

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It was plain to see last year that the Marsh Lake restoration project had helped bring back large numbers of waterfowl. Hidden under its wind-chopped waters, there was another rebound taking place as natural reproduction led to large numbers of young-of-year crappies, walleyes, northern pike and white bass.
A landowner has filed a civil lawsuit claiming adverse possession of a property that Chippewa County is seeking to purchase for a new park near the Minnesota River, south of Montevideo.
The Minnesota Legislature adjourned before voting on a bill that would have provided $2.2 million to Granite Falls for both critical infrastructure repairs at its hydroelectric facility and dam and also to make up a $490,000 gap in funding for a replacement hydroelectric generator.
Xcel Energy is preparing the Minnesota Valley electric generating plant for demolition. The original plant opened in 1930 and was expanded with an addition in 1953.
Xcel Energy is preparing the Minnesota Valley electric generating plant for demolition. The original plant opened in 1930 and was expanded with an addition in 1953.
Funding from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources will help an improvement project for a small dam known as the Custer 10 Grade Stabilization in Lyon County.

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A family from Madison, South Dakota, purchased land near the Minnesota River unaware of Chippewa County's plans for a park on adjoining land. They believe the park will disrupt their plans for camping and hunting and adversely affect the value of their property and question whether an access road to the park can be developed along their land.
Madison Eklund has the winds under her wings now after battling the unrelenting current of a flooded Minnesota River and the severe weather that kept her off the water for days at a time. She aims to be the first solo kayaker to retrace the Fort Snelling to York Factory route made famous by Eric Sevareid and Walter Port and those who followed.
Two deaths were reported Sunday on the Minnesota River in Renville County. The body of Matthew James Wrobleski, 48, of Willmar, was discovered Sunday afternoon in a log jam between Franklin and Morton. Authorities also identified apparent drowning victim Lance Edward Scheer, 19, of Redwood Falls, who was pulled from the water after he had been swimming in the river near Vicksburg Park. Both incident are under investigation.

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