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Dubuque's River Museum fire cleanup nears completion

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Officials with the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium say cleanup efforts are almost complete after a small fire in December. That's when an early morning fire burned part of a tortoise enclosure in the William Woodward River Discover Center building. The small fire left about $1 million in smoke and water damage to the building.

Crews have been working since then to clean-up, replace and repair damaged parts of the building. Officials with the River Museum say most of the work has already been completed, but they said cleaning of wood beams and ceilings will begin next week.

John Sutter is the director of marketing for the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

"We've replaced all the flooring in the public spaces. We are still working on our ceiling. We haven't decided what we are going to put back in place of the ceiling, but we are hoping that it is something that is an interactive new exhibit. While we have the opportunity to replace things, we are talking about improving a few things." Sutter said.

Sutter said the River Discovery Center building will be closed during the morning of Sunday, February 23, for cleaning of wooden beams.

"On the Sunday morning we are going to close for 2 hours because some of the equipment that will be used will be loud." Sutter said Wednesday afternoon.

Officials with the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium said they expect all recovery efforts to be completed by the end of the month.

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