|April 1936 - Construction on the dam begins! (Photo Courtesy: Ron Johnson)|
The newspaperman was then serving as mayor of Hallock, the county seat of Kittson County, roughly twenty miles northwest of Bronson. The mayor had powerful friends, including Floyd B. Olson, Minnesota's Democratic governor at the time, as well as Adolph Bremer, a St. Paul banker and the president of Schmidt Brewing Company - and a man who had Franklin Roosevelt's ear. While Olson set up state funding for the project, Bremer secured a meeting between Bouvette and the president. The vocal Democrat from Hallock greatly impressed the chief executive, receiving a White House blessing and federal dollars for construction of a reservoir dam. By early April 1936, construction equipment was moving toward the dam site on the South Branch of Two Rivers.
From Minnesota Treasures: Stories Behind the State's Historic Places
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