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Anoka bought the dam in 1935 from the Pillsbury Milling Co. The city maintained and repaired the wooden structure until 1969, when it spent $650,000 to build a concrete dam.
Cruikshank asked upstream cities to consider sharing $18,000 in annual dam maintenance costs by paying an amount based on what share of watershed land they cover. Ramsey occupies nearly half of that land, followed by Andover (27 percent) and Anoka (22 percent). Coon Rapids, which has a 2 percent share, is considering transferring that land to the Coon Creek Watershed, into which most of Coon Rapids drains.
“I am open to the idea of looking at how the dam is maintained,” said Ramsey Mayor Sarah Strommen. “They threw one option up there. I’d prefer to back up and talk about if it makes sense to cost share and, if so, what are options.”
Strommen said the carp barrier proposal is also worth exploring: “Certainly, we want to protect the Rum and Mille Lacs watershed from aquatic invasive species.”
Jim Adams • 612-673-7658