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The Montevideo Council approved moving forward with plans to remove the Chippewa River dam. Tribune file photo

Montevideo City Council favors removal of Chippewa River dam


MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo gave their support to a proposal to remove a 1950s-vintage, low-head dam on the Chippewa River in Lagoon Park.

The dam will be replaced by possibly four rock weirs, which will create rapids at the site. Memories of helping assist in the recovery of the bodies of children who drowned after being caught in rolling water below the dam in 1975 led Council Member Marv Garbe to offer the motion in favor of the action at Monday's meeting.

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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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