Barges Stranded

Mississippi River workers say roughly a dozen barges and their tugboats have been grounded by sandbars in Minnesota.
KTTC-TV reports at least nine tugboats are held up near Wabasha after heavy flooding in June washed soil into the river. More barges are stuck near Winona.

A tugboat captain bound for St. Louis says he expects the barges will be stuck for about a week as the river is dredged. He says his boats need about nine feet of water to clear the channel.

The captain says the standstill is a costly setback for industry that relies on the river.

The Army Corps of Engineers began dredging in Pool Six near Winona last Friday and expected to have a temporary channel open by Tuesday.

Dredging was also taking place near Alma.....

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