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Historic dam being repaired at hefty cost

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Augusta (WQOW) -- A piece of history is being restored after water has flowed through it for nearly 100 years.

The Dells Mill dam, just north of Augusta, was built in 1919, so it was time for repairs, as the concrete was deteriorating.

The property has been owned by Herman Borntreger since December of 2015, and one of his workers on the project, Samuel Bontrager, told News 18 the hope is to restore the dam so it will look nicer and function better, along with allowing the mill to run. They also hope the dam will be good for at least another 100 years.

An exact date has not been determined for when the project will wrap up, but Bontrager said they hope to be done by the first week of July. Unfortunately, the project comes with a hefty price tag, at an estimated $400,000, which falls entirely on Borntreger as the owner.

If you would like to help lessen the financial load for Borntreger, the community has started a GoFundMe, along with a donation fund at the Unity Bank in Augusta.

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