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An excavator positions boulders to form a rock wall at a bend of the Cannon River across from Welch Village as part of a riverbank restoration project. Without intervention, erosion will cause the river to encroach on Goodhue County Road 7. (Photos provided by Beau Kennedy)

Crews shore up Cannon River at Welch

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Erosion along the Cannon River is nothing new.

“It has been a thorn in everybody’s side for the past 25 years,” said Beau Kennedy, water planner with Goodhue County Soil and Water Conservation District.

But with a troublesome bend now threatening County Road 7 across from Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Area, Goodhue County SWCD and Public Works had to take action.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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