Amid drought, volunteer saves Illinois boat race
CHICAGO – It was a harebrained idea: save a beloved boat race event by building a makeshift dam out of sandbags and pumping hundreds of millions of gallons of water into a dying lake in north-central Illinois.
Oh, and do it in the middle of a severe summer drought.
With less than two weeks to go before this weekend's PRO National Championship Boat Races on Lake DePue, volunteer Rich Magnuson took on the task when the small town's desperate mayor called him with what he acknowledged was a "harebrained idea."
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