Mississippi barge-jam expected to persist for 2 weeks; baseball-sized hail reported at McKinley; 8 more state stories
WINONA -- The Army Corps of Engineers says it might take another couple weeks to re-open the Mississippi River to barge traffic at western Wisconsin's border with Minnesota. Dredging work is underway. Heavy flooding in June caused soil to wash into the river, creating sandbars that have grounded tow-boats from about Red Wing to Winona. The Army Corps now says that almost 200 scheduled barges have not been able to go south.