Harriet Island clamshell rescued from Mississippi River


A large clamshell-like fixture dislodged from the flooded playground on Harriet Island in St. Paul Tuesday has been fished out of the Mississippi River, KSTP reports.

The clamshell was rescued by Paddleford Riverboats, the station says. The company's owner and two employees spotted the shell jammed under one of the Minnesota Centennial Showboat's rafts Thursday morning.

Geri Connelly – the artist who created the faux mussel shell – and her partner were offering a $500 reward for the return of the structure, FOX 9 says.

TPT has a photo of where the structure was originally located.

KSTP's video of the floating oddity also caught the attention of national media site Gawker.

The clamshell wasn't the only casualty this week of the flooding on Harriet Island. The Taste of Minnesota food and music festival set for the 4th of July weekend was moved to the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia because of the floodwaters at the original location.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman declared a state of emergency in the city Tuesday as the floodwaters continued to rise, WCCO says.

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