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First sign of success in efforts to shift monster bog on North Long Lake

A section of the bog has started to move.

After almost a month of fruitless effort, there was finally some progress made on shifting the monster bog that is blighting the North Long Lake shoreline.

A team of two-dozen volunteers using boats, chainsaws and a bobcat were able to shift some of the bog away from the Legionville safety camp's shoreline.

The camp announced last week that it is shutting down its summer class because of the bog, which represented a safety concern for its students.

And that remains the case despite the first signs that the bog is on the move, with Legionville writing on Monday that despite reports to the contrary, there's still a significant amount of the bog in place.

"We hope to continue making progress throughout the summer so we can re-open next summer!" it wrote. "A big thanks to everyone who came out to help!!!!"

The pictures shared by the safety patrol camp shows that some of its shoreline has opened up thanks to the first piece finally shifting.

The Forum News Service has more details on how the volunteers moved the bog. Once it broke free, they used their small boats and pontoons to effectively beach on the section of bog, using their engines to push it along.

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The initial attempt to move the bog last month saw them try to move it in one piece.

Since that failed, teams have been gradually splitting up the bog into smaller pieces in the hope they could them separately.

The Minnesota DNR estimates the bog at weighing 8 million pounds and being 255,000 square feet in diameter.

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