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Minnesota couple builds makeshift bridge after flooding

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FRONTENAC, Minn. (NBC) - A Minnesota couple's river-front home is now an island, thanks to recent heavy rains and the only way to dry land is in a canoe.

That was until they found a more inventive way to bridge the troubled water.

"It gets to be a nuisance to canoe out all the time. My wife hasn't mastered that yet," said Clay Ruggles, 81, who enlisted the help of his neighbor to build a bridge using risers, cement blocks or whatever they could find in their basements.

It's surprisingly sturdy. Three of their 11 neighbors who've also stayed use it to get to the highway.

"It makes it interesting when you really have to go somewhere. You decide, do I really need that gallon of milk today?" said Virginia Ruggles.

The water should be out of the yard in the next week or so.

This is the fifth time the Ruggles have made the bridge since they bought the house in 1985.
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