'Once-in-a-lifetime bog': Crew removes football field-sized mass of cattails from beach

Echo Press

A bog the size of a football field that floated across Lake Miltona and wedged against a beach took an excavator and 119 dump truck trips to be removed.


John Kamphake, owner of JJ's Co. Excavating in Parkers Prairie, chips away at a football field-sized bog that lodged against the southeastern shore of Lake Miltona. The DNR granted special permission to use heavy equipment in the lake. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)
Boaters hold a floating bog close to shore while a backhoe cut it apart and loaded pieces into dump trucks. It took more than 100 trips to haul the bog pieces to a nearby farm field for composting. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)

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