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A barge passes by Levee Park Thursday morning as the Mississippi River continues to flood onto city streets. Goodhue County Board passed an emergency no-wake restriction stopping motorboats from exceeding 5 miles per hour until the river level drops below 11 feet. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

County enacts no-wake ordinance on Mississippi

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Goodhue County Board met in emergency session Thursday morning to approve a no-wake restriction on the engorged Mississippi River.

The ordinance restricts motorboats on the Goodhue County portions of the river and connecting channels from exceeding “slow-minimum wake speed,” defined as less than planing speed and no greater 5 miles per hour. A violation of the ordinance will result in a misdemeanor penalty.

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