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DePue boat race goes ahead

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:42:43 CDT
By: AP

A beloved championship boat race in north-central Illinois will go on thanks to a volunteer who helped pump millions of gallons of water into drought-stricken Lake DePue. Rich Magnuson led volunteers who helped build a makeshift dam with sandbags and then filled the lake with water pumped from the Illinois river.   Race officials nearly had to call off this weekend's PRO National Championship Boat Races because the drought had caused water levels to drop to dangerous levels for boaters. Magunson watched over the pumps around the clock for nearly two weeks to quickly attend to equipment breakdowns. By a Wednesday deadline, he and his team were able to add 2 feet to the water level. That's enough to save the race, which is an economic lifeline for the small town.

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