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Rockford Dam On Shell Rock River In Northwest iowa Removed

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ROCKFORD, Iowa (AP) The old Rockford dam on the Shell Rock River has been removed.

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

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.