Scanlon dam gets a facelift
At the century mark, it's a first
July 28, 2023
Crossing the St. Louis River on Minnesota Highway 61 in Scanlon offers a glimpse of a construction crane and a handful of workers crawling over one of the neighborhood dams.
Even in the rain, the marine contractors from J.F. Brennan can be seen wearing yellow slickers.
They've been working on a $3 million Minnesota Power project since May. It's aimed at replacing seven of eight gates on what is the east channel dam, built 100 years ago.
"Hydro dams are long-lasting, forever assets," said Nora Rosemore from atop the operators' deck of the dam. "If you keep it up, this dam could be here fo...