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Rockford dam on Shell Rock River removed

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ROCKFORD (AP) -

The old Rockford dam on the Shell Rock River has been removed.

The project had started at the end of January. Officials had discussed removing the dam for more than a decade, the Mason City Globe Gazette says.

In 2010 the Iowa Natural Resources Department said the dam was in a state of failure and recommended that it be fixed or removed.

The dam, which was about 8 feet high and 170 feet long, was built in 1872 to provide water power for a grain mill.

Officials say they think removing the dam will make the river a better habitat for fish.

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