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Mill Race restoration underway
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A new day dawns through the fog on the Mill Race and Pearl Island near Putnam Park (left) Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Brodhead. A restoration project underway on the Mill Race and Pearl Island will offer more recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
BRODHEAD - Brodhead's Mill Race, a man-made canal bordering the city's west side, is awakening to a new life. Now in its 150th year, the Race and 160 acres of publicly owned land on Pearl Island, the resulting stretch of land between the canal and the Sugar River, are getting cleaned up, buffed up and dressed up for visitors and residents looking for hiking, biking, canoeing, tubing and fishing adventure. A citizen group overseeing the improvements is now a subcommittee of Brodhead's new economic development committee.