Pine River rock riffle dam project underway

Fall rain delayed the project slightly, but there are no indications that completion will be late.

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Landwehr Construction crew members use heavy machinery to drive some form of support into the ground in Pine River on Monday, November 29, 2021. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Construction of a rock riffle dam in Pine River began just before Thanksgiving when the city's contractor, Landwehr Construction, began prepping the surrounding area for work and moving rocks into place to control water flow.

Landwehr is constructing a dam from rows of rocks at the northeast end of Barclay Avenue near Kater Park. This project follows a summer Minnesota Department of Transportation bridge construction project that started in May and wrapped up Sept. 3.

This is all part of a project to replace the long obsolete dam and bridge in Pine River and to separate the dam and bridge, simplifying the jurisdictional boundaries surrounding maintenance.

Landwehr Construction crew members use heavy machinery to position a support before driving it into the ground in Pine River on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.. Denton Newman Jr. /


Rains in the fall set back other projects with Landwehr, which may have delayed the dam work timeline somewhat. However, City Engineer Bryan Drown said the project could still be completed by February as anticipated.

"It maybe delayed them with other projects, but now they're here and getting going," Drown said.

While the equipment operator on the right drives a support into riverbed, another operator (left) uses his heavy equipment to retrieve and move another support into position on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Denton Newman Jr. /

Drown said this week they are installing a sheet pile wall and preparing to install a bypass system. By the middle of next week the construction crew will likely start to place the boulders that will make up the structure of the new rock riffle dam.

Additional design and project information, including progress and a timeline, can be found at

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or


Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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