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Decision ends Minneapolis plans for river commerce

July 20, 2014
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Minneapolis tried for decades to become a major player in river commerce. But a federal decision to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock by next year means the dream is essentially dead.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report ( ) says officials hope the closure will keep invasive carp from swimming upstream.

But it also means Minneapolis will no longer be a river terminal where cargo from the Midwest could be loaded onto barges and sent downstream.

City officials have been trying to make Minneapolis a major port since the 1950s. Workers modified the Stone Arch Bridge so ships would have clearance, and the $38 million lock system was opened in 1963.

The Upper St. Anthony lock will remain operational for flood control but not for river traffic.


Information from: Star Tribune,



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