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Grand Marais losing its lifeline
Town's harbor fills up with silt, putting its economy, boaters in peril

GRAND MARAIS -- When they look into the blue water of their harbor, residents of this picturesque village along the rugged shore of Lake Superior see something is going desperately wrong, a worsening situation that threatens the community's existence.

The scenic harbor is disappearing before their eyes, as the equivalent of 6,000 semitrailer loads of sand and silt pour into it each year.

A 5,770-foot-long timber pile breakwall, built in the late 1890s to keep the harbor clear of sand and silt, disintegrated long ago due to neglect, and the federal government has failed to fix it.

http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080823/METRO/808230351/1408/LOCAL
 

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