MANKATO (LEARFIELD)  —  Damage from erosion is a growing problem on the Minnesota River.

Parts of the river’s eastern bend near Mankato have more than doubled in size since the 1940s.  State officials are trying to come up with new plans to reduce the erosion.

Cities in the river’s path are seeking millions of dollars to be used to raise roads, reinforce bends, and move infrastructure farther away from the Minnesota River banks.