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ST. LOUIS (AP) – An advocacy group for Mississippi River communities says this year’s prolonged flooding has created more than $2 billion in damage. Mayors from river communities agreed Tuesday that this year’s flood has been particularly damaging because of how long it has stuck around. Colin Wellenkamp of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative says the river has been above flood stage at some southern towns for more than 200 days.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Three workers say an Iowa pork processor fired them in retaliation for filing complaints about working conditions. The Sioux City Journal reports that Luis Aceves, Jose Moreno and Jose Magana filed three separate lawsuits last week against Northwest Iowa Pork in Sioux City. They seek back pay and future wages, lost and future benefits, compensatory damages and punitive damages. A company representative hasn’t returned a call seeking comment by The Associated Press.

CRYSTAL LAKE, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says zebra mussels have been found in Crystal Lake in north-central Iowa. The invasive species are native to eastern Europe and are voracious eaters that gobble up plankton many native freshwater fish need to survive. The mussels can attach themselves to boat motors, bait buckets and dam mechanisms and cause damage to motors and facilities. The department says juvenile versions of the small black and white species were discovered in a recent water sample.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Construction is expected to begin next year on a multimillion dollar trail connecting Sioux City and Le Mars. The Sioux City Journal reports that the estimated cost of building the 16-mile PlyWood trail is $18 million. Lesley Bartholomew with the PlyWood Trail Committee says the trail connecting Plymouth and Woodbury counties should be completed by 2025. The committee is seeking state and federal grants to complete the project.

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