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88-year-old runs free boat service across the Mississippi River

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SABULA (KWWL) -

From sunup to sundown, you can find Fred Bresette of Sabula boating on the Mississippi River.

"Oh, I love boating, I just absolutely love it," he said.

The active 88-year-old is helping many in his community, while a closed bridge in town stops access to the other side of the river. 

The Iowa Department of Transportation shut it down earlier this week because of pavement problems. That means a much longer drive for people who work in Savanna, Illinois.

"To make that trip around through Clinton, across Fulton, and then back up here Savanna and it takes quite a bit of time," he said.

The detour is nearly 40 miles, up to an hour.

Bresette knew he had to do something. He's now running his pontoon boat as a ferry service -- all for free.

It cuts the commute down to 20 minutes.

"I've always done whatever I can do for Sabula, I love this place, I been here since '63, I came over as a boater," he said.

The bridge is expected to reopen towards the end of May. 

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