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As promised, Minnesota Department of Transportation workers deployed barricades on either end of the Stillwater bridge about 10 a.m., Tuesday, forcing Wisconsin commuters to use crossings at Hudson or Osceola until at least this weekend. Scott Wente photo.

Stillwater Lift Bridge closed by high water

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The Stillwater Lift Bridge north of Hudson closed at 10 Tuesday due to ice and high water on the St. Croix River.

The bridge is a popular crossing between northwest Wisconsin and Stillwater, Minn. The National Weather Service said the river was about 1.6 ft. below its flood stage as of Monday afternoon. It is expected to crest Friday at its flood stage of 87 ft.

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Stillwater has set up a 2,000 ft. temporary levee to protect its downtown if necessary.

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