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Rochester Public Utilities begins Lake Zumbro dam drawdown as winter aprroaches

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NEAR ORONOCO, Minn. (KTTC) -

As winter draws closer, preparations for the season are being made by municipal agencies. Rochester Public Utilities was the latest to gear up for the cold, as they began to drawdown their dam on Lake Zumbro on Sunday.

The annual maintenance on the dam requires lowering the water level in early November and raising it up again slightly after Veteran's Day. RPU officials say the drawdown is required in order to maintain the dam and restore part of the shoreline on the lake.

During the winter months, activities such as ice fishing and snowmobiling normally take place on Lake Zumbro.

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