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Minnesota firms pay penalty for allegedly polluting St. Croix River

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MADISON -- Two companies have paid $80,000 to settle a Wisconsin complaint that their sand mine polluted the St. Croix River.

Twin Cities-based Tiller Corp. and Interstate Energy Partners reached an agreement with the Wisconsin attorney general's office. The companies did not admit they did anything wrong in the incident near Grantsburg.

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The fines come after the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said the companies did not properly maintain dikes around ponds on the property, allowing sediment to get into a creek, wetland and St. Croix River. The river divides Wisconsin and Minnesota and dumps into the Mississippi River at Hastings, Minn.

--Forum News Service

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