Sen. Scalze: Repairing and preserving the 147-year-old Lanesboro Stone Dam

Senators visit the historic Lanesboro Stone Dam, Lanesboro, Minn.
Senators visit the historic Lanesboro Stone Dam, Lanesboro, Minn.

We started off the second day of our Southeast tour by traveling through beautiful bluff country to the quaint little village of Lanesboro in Fillmore County. In the heart of this small town sits the Lanesboro Stone Dam on the popular Root River. This dam was built in 1868 using a now obsolete method of un-mortared limestone – one of only six structures like it in the U.S.

This aging infrastructure is considered a ‘high hazard dam’ by the DNR, which means it does not meet the required factors of safety for stability, and its failure could cause the loss of human life. The DNR is requesting $3 million to repair the dam – which sits on the National Register of Historic Places. It is because of this very designation that makes repairing the dam more difficult, because different techniques must be used to preserve its historic significance.

The purpose of bonding is to invest in existing state-owned infrastructure. The Lanesboro Dam fits this description to a T.

Senator Bev Scalze