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Locals Raise Concerns Over Well-Loved Landmark, Ramsey Dam

Updated: 08/09/2014 11:29 PM
Created: 08/09/2014 11:21 PM KAALtv.com
By: Meghan Reistad

(ABC 6 News) -- The Cedar River serves as a site for fishing, camping and all sorts of recreation in Southeast Minnesota.

Many Austin residents became concerned when they started noticing an issue with the Ramsey Dam on the river.

Earlier this summer, Austin residents started noticing changes to the Cedar River upstream from the Ramsey Dam. We now know, it was because of a broken gate, part of the original construction of the Old Mill restaurant, spanning back to the late 1850s.

When the gate broke, it basically just reverted back to what it was built and designed to do 100 years ago. As a result, water started running under the mill and around the dam, dropping water levels upstream.

Nancy King has lived in Austin since she was born, "I've lived here for 57 years."

Her memories, on the Cedar River span years back, "Forgive me for getting teary eyed, but this place has been a very special place for all of us."

With water levels dropping, she says she's concerned about the fish.

Fortunately, Dave Forland has found a way to the get the water back over the dam, approved by the DNR, "I had to cut three to four trees out of here in order to get in here.

He's built up a berm, to divert the water back over the dam.

Right now, it's a matter of waiting for the river and scenery to return to normal and for Nancy King, it's a matter of when she's back on the river, tossing her line in the water.

The Cedar River serves as a site for fishing, camping and all sorts of recreation in Southeast Minnesota. Many Austin residents became concerned when they started noticing an issue with the Ramsey Dam on the river.