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Leave it to beavers to endanger power lines in the marsh



The beavers have been busy in La Crosse’s Myrick marsh lately. 

A couple of tall cottonwood trees have been gnawed by the animals so much, the trees could snap and knock out electric lines. 

Xcel Energy has gotten permission from the city of La Crosse to go into the marsh this week and remove those damaged trees, if necessary.  Vegetation manager August Ridder with Xcel hopes that the ground around the trees is firm enough to let the workers do their job.

The work could be postponed until later in the year, after a dry period when the ground has hardened.

Xcel says two main transmission lines through the marsh could be affected if struck by the trees.   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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