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Heavy Rains Create Problems for Minnesota Marinas

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INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) – This year’s record-setting rains in Minnesota have made rivers swell and lakes overflow. Ironically, that’s driving away business at marinas on the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers.

Fast-flowing rivers frighten away boaters, and no-wake rules take the fun out of being on the water.

Waterlogged timber also flows with the rivers, jamming up against docks and piers.

St. Paul Yacht Club manager Roger Anderson says no one’s taking to the water because it’s too dangerous. He says timber in the Mississippi River created such a logjam that he paid a barge crew about $20,000 to break it up.

At a Lakeland marina called Beanie’s at Maui’s Landing, employees are taking precautions in case rising waters force them to close.

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