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Artesian Wells and Pranks in Minnesota--Cecil Ballard

As told by Cecil Ballard
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

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This story was collected as part of a collaborative effort to record the state of American lakes, rivers, and waterways as well an attempt to uncover what water means to Americans. Listen to other stories recorded for the Be Here: Main Street project, a collaboration with the MuseWeb Foundation to record stories from rural America. 

Cecil Ballard remembers a story about a powerful "geyser" in Minnesota and the nature of artesian wells in the area. "We always bragged about the water. It was cold. It was clean, and we had more fun bringing our old city cousins out under the premise of seeing turtles in the water tanks and then pushing them into the water!"

This story was collected by Shanai Matteson in conjunction with the Be Here: Main Street project from the MuseWeb Foundation, intended to capture Americans' stories about their neighborhoods, their waterways, and their towns.

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