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The Dawson city council will be deciding soon whether to approve plans to replace the city's 1913 dam on the Lac qui Parle River with a set of rapids. The project is designed to maintain the upstream reservoir while improving fishing opportunities in the river. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

A river runs free again


APPLETON -- Autumn is best when there is color in the trees and the river is relaxed.

That's when Chris Domeier enjoys slipping on a pair of chest waders or climbing into his kayak, fishing pole in hand.

He makes his way down a roughly three-quarter-mile stretch of the Pomme de Terre River as it glides by the Appleton golf course, makes a giant 'S' curve and straightens a bit for a run toward downtown.

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