Work is underway in Montevideo on the final of three levee segment upgrades to provide flood protection against waters like those seen in 1997 and 2001. Work on the final levee segment is made possible by a $3.5 million bonding allocation from the state.
An opportunity to purchase what is now Mitlyng's Bait and Tackle sounded like a good idea to two brothers who loved to hunt and fish back in 1974. One of those brothers has stayed with it ever since, knowing that his customers still consider a bait shop near the Lac qui Parle dam a very good idea indeed.
The ditch authority for Joint Ditch 9 serving Chippewa and Swift counties heard opposition to a $2 million repair project from downstream landowners, but also some support from upstream landowners when the authority conducted a hearing on the redetermination of benefits needed for the project to go forward. The authority continued the hearing to March 29 and is likely to approve the redetermination.
Not everyone appreciates the sandbars and mud flats being exposed as the waters of Marsh Lake are purposely lowered. Yet wildlife managers are excited by what they see. The vegetation sprouting on these newly exposed areas is the very foundation for what they hope to accomplish here.
Anglers are advised that the water level on Marsh Lake is dropping and will be low for the fishing opener. A planned drawdown, reduced snowpack in the winter and relatively dry spring are allowing the water level to drop
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Upper Sioux Community will study the feasibility of a shoreline stabilization project along the Minnesota River. It could lead to a $700,000 project to stabilize an eroding shoreline where the river might cut a new channel on tribal lands.