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This 862-foot guide wall extension is one of the most visible changes that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made to Lock & Dam No. 3 during its three-year, $70 million improvement project. Other parts of the project include a dike closure, channel dredging and embankment improvements. The corps unveiled the finished lock and dam Friday morning. (Republican Eagle photo by Sarah Gorvin)

Three years of improvements done at No. 3

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As little as three years ago, Lock & Dam No. 3 near Red Wing was "absolutely terrible" for barges to navigate, Upper Mississippi Waterway Association President Greg Genz said.


"Nobody wanted to come down this lock in high water," he added.

Now, following a $70 million improvement project, navigation through the lock is much safer and easier, lock officials said.

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.