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Cause of Death of Norfork Lake Fisherman Confirmed

KOLR10 & Ozarks Local News

Date: 3/10/2019 1:25:00 AM

OZARK CO., Mo. -- A West Plains man drowned last week after his boat crashed into a debris pile in an Ozark County creek.52 year old Mickle Meidell was driving the boat when it crashed and then capsiz

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Stripers, hybrids, whites have moved to deeper water

The Baxter Bulletin

Date: 3/4/2019 11:58:00 AM

The Norfork Lake spring looks like it's going to wait until late March based on the forecast. In spite of the weather, the spring fishing has started. I have fished some in January and February but on

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Searchers find body of missing fisherman on Norfork Lake


Date: 3/4/2019 11:35:00 AM

UDALL, Mo. ---The Ozark County Sheriff confirms a man reported missing Saturday was found dead Monday morning. Mike Meidell, 52, of West plains, Mo. disappeared while fishing on Norfork Lake. Investig

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Ozark County Sheriff’s Office Looking For Missing Man Near Norfork Lake


Date: 3/3/2019 3:51:00 PM

The Ozark County Sheriff’s Office has a search underway for a man missing since Thursday. The search is focused in the Udall and Tecumseh areas of Norfork Lake. The man and his watercraft are both mis

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Authorities Are Searching for Missing Man Near Norfork Lake

KOLR10 & Ozarks Local News

Date: 3/3/2019 2:42:00 PM

UDALL, Mo. - A search is underway for a missing 52-year-old West Plains Man in the Udall and Tecumseh areas of Norfork Lake, a bulletin from the Ozark County Sheriff's Office says. The search began ye

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• Surface Area: 22,000 Acres
In the late 1930's, before construction of the Norfork Dam had begun, the local economy of Baxter County, Arkansas was deteriorating. The yearly per capita income had fallen to between one-hundred and two-hundred dollars, and in 1940 alone more than six hundred small farms were abandoned. Those who remained looked forward with enthusiasm to any solution that promised relief from their economic problems. Mountain Home, Arkansas, then the largest community, was described as having no prospect for new business and very few paved roads. When construction of the dam finally began in the spring of 1941 it was said that, "before the first shovel of dirt was thrown, or the first tree dozed down, the Mountain Home people knew that a new era had dawned" United States, History of the Corps of Engineers. As the largest nearby community, Mountain Home was to derive the most spectacular benefit for the Corps projects in the area. Centrally located between both Norfork and Bull Shoals Dam, few of its citizens could foresee the economic change Norfork Dam would bring to the poor agricultural community (Messick).

Clyde T. Ellis, who defeated Claude Fuller in 1938 to become the representative for the third district, envisioned a smaller Arkansas version of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Ellis made Norfork Dam his personal project and fought for it until construction began in the spring of 1941. Having won the election with the promise of cheap hydroelectricity, he hoped the dams would give rise to industry and lift the region out of the depths of depression. Ellis firmly believed that if Norfork Dam was built then the other dams would follow. Authorization for construction of the dam was included as part of the flood control act of June 28, 1938. Norfork Dam was to be one of six dams built to accomplish flood control in the White River basin. The act was later revised in 1941 to include Bull Shoals and Table Rock.
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