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Then and Now


 Abundant rainfall and snow pack in the Rocky Mountains and in western Nebraska have saved the drought-stricken lake from predicted extinction.


By Jan Rahn

Managing Editor 

In February 2003, when the

state’s top news stories were centered around record dips in temperature, another record setting low was taking place. Lake McConaughy was suffering through the winter. 

Fast forward seven years. Who would have thunk it. Lake McConaughy near Ogallala in Keith County—the body of water Perkins County residents also like to claim as their own—is at its peak capacity, astonishing the lake’s residents, out-of-state visitors and faithful fishermen—not to mention its owner and operator, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District.

Although it has taken that many years to recover, the businesses and sports enthusiasts who count on Big Mac are ecstatic about the comeback.


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