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Moose Lake bridge closes, town declares emergency

Posted at 9:07 AM on June 21, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Weather

Dealing with the flood aftermath, the town of Moose Lake has declared a state of emergency following the closing of a key bridge into town, the Minnesota Homeland Security Department said.

Officials this morning said a fishing pier broke loose on Moosehead Lake and authorities were concerned it could affect the Highway 73 bridge.

The DNR on Wednesday closed Moose Lake State Park on Wednesday in response to the massive flooding in northeast Minnesota.

The DNR on Thursday said the park is open but the road to the campground is closed and will stay that way at least through the weekend.

UPDATE: Moose Lake city administrator Mark Vahling tells the Associated Press that at least 30 percent of the city has been affected by the flooding, the worst in its history.


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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.