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by Jim McCarty | jmccarty@ruralmissouri.coop

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on Stockton Dam - and the impoundment of the Sac River into what
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acres of water. Today he is operations project manager for the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers which manages the lake and dam. A photo of him during the ceremony hangs on his wall, and he still has the hard hat he wore that day.
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president of the group that worked for many years to get the dam built. He said
the project had been built in 5-year increments, so he wanted kids whose ages
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many, many centuries."
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walleye. Stockton Dam also generates critical peaking power used by electric
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funds for the dam. Brown made the appeal to the House appropriations committee armed with a petition signed by thousands of Dade and Cedar county
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that survey work and drilling to test the bedrock was going on 16 hours a day.
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projects now either underway or planned, we are moving, and at a rapid pace,
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make plans to move out of the area. One of the places affected by the lake was
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