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Sea stack at Tettegouche toppled by powerful winter storm

Pictures taken Saturday showed massive waves crashing onto the North Shore landmark. By daylight Sunday it was gone.
Credit: Kurt Mead
The iconic Tettegouche State Park sea stack was strong enough to endure thousands of years on north store, but not the bluster of last weekend's powerful winter storm.

An oft-photographed symbol of Minnesota's North Shore is no more, after this weekend's powerful winter storm toppled the sea stack at Tettegouche. 

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News reports that the stack was all that remained of a naturally formed stone arch which connected the stack with a nearby cliff. The arch collapsed in 2010, leaving the stack standing alone. 

The surviving sea stack was about 15-20 feet high and about 8 feet in diameter, interpretive naturalist Karl Mead at Tettegouche State Park told MPR.

Credit: Kurt Mead
Collapsed sea stack at Tettegouche State Park (Photo: Kurt Mead)

A picture taken Saturday by photographer Brandon Rubner showed huge Lake Superior waves crashing on the landmark. At daylight Sunday morning someone noticed the sea stack was gone, apparently a victim of the storm that unleashed huge waves and winds that were gusting in excess of 50 mph. 

Credit: Brandon Rubner
Photographer Brandon Rubner shot this amazing image of huge Lake Superior waves battering the North Shore landmark known as the sea stack in Tettegouche State Park. By Sunday, it was gone, a victim of the winter storm.

Naturalist Mead is predicting "some good ice formations along the shore" following the storm, but warns photographers and other visitors to use caution on icy trails. "If people are going to go check them out, they should really be careful and wear Yaktrax and let people know where they're going," he said.

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