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Devoted to preservation

STERLING – A man who loved the Hennepin Canal in childhood, then devoted his career to preserving the 105-mile national landmark, has retired after 3 decades of working to transform the abandoned shipping route into a recreational state park. Steve Moser grew up along the canal banks in Kewanee where he fished the Hennepin with his grandfather. He retired Thursday after 28 years as superintendent of the Hennepin Canal State Park. “I was a fan of it from being a little guy on up,” said Moser, 60, now of Sterling. “I was lucky enough to get the [superintendent] position, and I fell in love with...
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Canal Group Gets Award from IDNR

By Anonymous Star Courier Posted Jul 24, 2008 @ 08:05 PM Sheffield, Ill. — Friends of the Hennepin Canal is among four organizations to receive Volunteer of the Year awards from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The awards go each year to individuals and organizations for exceptional volunteer service to the department and the people of Illinois. IDNR officials said the award for the Friends of the Canal was for their work on observing the centennial of the canal last year. “It appeared not much would be celebrated until a group of volunteers stepped forward,” according to an...
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