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Workers with Rachel Construction of St. Michael began removing the Minnesota Falls dam in mid-December and are on track to have it fully removed by mid-February. Its removal will restore a three-mile stretch of fast water and rapids upstream that is expected to become a popular destination for anglers and paddle sport enthusiasts. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Gateway to what many expect to be a regional gem for paddling, fishing is about one month from opening


GRANITE FALLS — Workers are only about one month away from opening what some expect will become western Minnesota’s top destination for paddle sports, and a popular fishing spot as well.

Rachel Construction of St. Michael is on track to have the Minnesota Falls dam on the Minnesota River removed by mid-February.

Work began in mid-December and has continued on schedule, thanks to low water flows and the cold temperatures.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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