Here are a couple of photos that show the devastation of the flooding up north, specifically the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park, which has been evacuated.
The photo immediately below I took on a fall day a couple of years ago, while standing downstream of the bridge and while wading about knee-deep in the St. Louis River.
The second photo below is an aerial shot taken Thursday by Star Tribune photographer Brian Peterson.
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The Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday morning it is reversing its earlier decision to ban live bait for most Mille Lacs anglers beginning with the May 14 opener.
DNR says lake's walleye population is healthy.
Anglers targeting walleye must use only artificial bait and immediately release all walleye caught. The DNR's rules are intended to conserve walleyes, while providing some action for anglers.
The DNR is concerned about the potential impacts of invasive carp in the Minnesota River watershed and has several projects in the works.
Smith, 44, will oversee a $38 million annual budget and a staff of 250, including more than 200 conservation officers.