1 child killed after gravel slide at Minn. park

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  1. Confusion

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  3. Trino

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    I am very familiar with Lilydale Park, located along the Mississippi River in St. Paul. The accident site is an abandoned brickyard, but it is not isolated and is used for fossil hunting, as well as ice climbing. The students were walking along the bluffs when the slide occurred, burying 4. Searchers have not yet, as of this a.m., recovered the last child.

    Lilydale Park was once a sort of shame to St. Paul but has recently been renovated with more upgrading planned. The city was not negligent nor were teachers who took students to look for fossils. Because fossils are exposed, the area is well-used by several schools for field trips. This was just a sad and unfortunate act of nature.

    Below is a website to show the popularity of fossil hunting in the park. There are also a few photos.

    http://www.sciencebuzz.org/blog/fossil-hunting-season-lilydale-here
     
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    From Trino’s link: http://www.sciencebuzz.org/blog/fossil-hunting-season-lilydale-here

    Sort of ominous this:

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    and this:

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    It seems rock slides are both expected and common.

    imo
     
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    No. This was posted in 2011.

    Here's more local info:

    "On Thursday, St. Paul police spokesman Howie Padilla said it's now believed that the landslide came from above where the students were walking. Authorities initially thought that the ground, which was saturated by persistent rain, gave way from underneath them."

    We have had 6 days of continuous rain - unusual.

    There are homes on the bluff behind the park, but they have been there for years - almost all older homes. In fact, there are many homes along the Mississippi River bluffs; there are condos upstream that have been constructed in the last 5 yrs and more being built.

    This is not a dangerous, isolated area. The park is across the river from downtown St. Paul and is well-used. In fact, there are many science fossil-hunting field trips scheduled with the St. Paul Parks. Lilydale Park has a paved bicycle trail through it, and there is also a paved road, plus a paved parking lot at Pickrell Lake (fishing). At one end of the park is the Lilydale Yacht Club; at the other end is Harriet Island Pavillion and a bridge to downtown St. Paul. Unfortunately, the media made the accident site appear isolated because trails to the fossil sites (unpaved) are meant for foot traffic; getting vehicles there is difficult.
     
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    UPDATE: Body of missing child in St. Paul landslide found

    http://www.wqow.com/story/22399061/...ues-for-missing-child-after-st-paul-landslide
     
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    The article was posted in 2011, but the comment about the house's property line being doomed to become part of the west clay pit was posted on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 12:04pm.

    http://www.sciencebuzz.org/blog/fossil-hunting-season-lilydale-here

    It is the last comment at the bottom of the article with an additional photo.
     
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    The author mentions the West Clay Pit. There are 3: East, Middle, and West. I don't really know where the collapse was.

    Also, if you search for articles, you may find some media calling the area West St.Paul. The accident side is not in West St.Paul, which is a completely different city. The accident happened on what is called the West Side of St. Paul. (Yes. I know the West Side is south of downtown St.Paul and not west at all, but that's another story.)
     
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