- Associated Press - Sunday, July 20, 2014
1,100 people brave heat to buy Clinton’s new book

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - More than 1,000 people have lined up in St. Paul to meet former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and buy a copy of her book.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report (http://strib.mn/1qvcuQkhttp://strib.mn/1qvcuQk ) says 1,100 people bought advanced copies of Clinton’s latest book, “Hard Choices.” They waited in a line Sunday that stretched out the door of Common Good Books and down the block, in temperatures that reached 85 degrees.

Clinton arrived right on time at 2 p.m. and began signing books within three minutes. She promised to sign all 1,100 copies during the two-hour event, which would give her about 6½ seconds per book.

Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Sen. Al Franken and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman joined Clinton. A handful of protesters also stood outside.

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Mankato parks still cleaning up flood damage

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Crews are still cleaning up the mess left behind in Mankato parks nearly a month after the Minnesota River in the city hit its 10th highest level on record.

The flood waters covered about 90 percent of both Land of Memories Park and Kiwanis Recreation Area. The water has receded, but it left behind huge tracts of silt, the Free Press of Mankato reported (http://bit.ly/1ljscpDhttp://bit.ly/1ljscpD ).

The Land of Memories Park, which sits across the Blue Earth River from Sibley Park, has been reopened except for the campground, where crews still have to replace electrical posts that provide power to 17 campsites. The cleanup cost about $178,000, according to city documents.

All structures and play areas had to be scrubbed clean or pressure-washed, Mankato Parks Superintendent Mark McQuillan said.

“You don’t know what’s in that river (when it’s flooding). It’s pretty nasty,” he said. “It could be raw sewage.”

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Decision ends Minneapolis plans for river commerce

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.

Officials hope the closure will keep invasive carp from swimming upstream. However, it also means Minneapolis will no longer be a river terminal where cargo from the Midwest could be loaded onto barges and sent downstream, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported (http://strib.mn/1wNP3iIhttp://strib.mn/1wNP3iI ).

City officials have been trying to make Minneapolis a major port since the 1950s, with varying degrees of success.

First workers modified the Stone Arch Bridge so ships would have clearance. Then the $38 million lock system, the most expensive on the river at the time, was opened in 1963 at a ceremony that foreshadowed the futility of city officials’ hopes.

Politicians celebrated as a towboat pushed a barge through a red ribbon across the lock. But two hours later the barge was pushed back downstream to the Minnesota River, because Minneapolis didn’t have any place to unload the cargo.

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Woman falls out of moving car’s window, is injured

CHATFIELD, Minn. (AP) - A passenger who fell out of the window of a moving car in Fillmore County has been injured, and troopers say she was one of three people in the vehicle who’d been drinking.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report (http://strib.mn/1nsq30Fhttp://strib.mn/1nsq30F ) says 23-year-old Saralyn R. Squillace of Rochester was riding in a car east of Chatfield on Saturday afternoon.

Patrol Lt. Brian Buck says the car was traveling about the speed limit of 55 mph when Squillace fell out of the front passenger window. She was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Also in the vehicle were a 21-year-old Rochester man and a 24-year-old woman from Racine, Minnesota. Buck says the two “have been less than forthcoming” about who was driving at the time.

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