Fencing the Sauk

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This week Minnesota Today is taking a closer look at the state of Minnesota’s rivers and streams. Part of our coverage includes updates from Todd Foster and Scott Miller as they make their way down the Sauk River in the central part of the state. The duo set out yesterday and didn’t get far before they ran into a fence that crossed the river. In fact, they report having to cross three fences on the first leg of their trip.

MPR News intern Alison Dirr reported on the motivations for the trip on Statewide yesterday.

The fences are illegal and pose a potentially serious risk to boaters. Farmers, with land on both sides of the river, have long used the fences to connect their pastures and reduce the risk of a cow meandering down the river.

Stay tuned to the Statewide blog and @mntoday as this week’s coverage continues.

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Here is a video from the location of the first fence the duo encountered.

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