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Lindseth tells stories of trip down Missouri River

Marv Lindseth goes over details of his trips down the Missouri River with the Kiwanis Club of Prescott last month. (Herald photo by Jason Schulte)6 / 6

PRESCOTT--Marv Lindseth has a deep connection to the Missouri River.

As a kid, Lindseth played, swam and rafted many summers in and around the river, growing up in Southern Montana.

“It was just the way Montana boys were raised,” he said. “Somehow, we all avoided drowning.”

The love of the river never swayed as Lindseth grew older.

“As an adult, it became my dream to travel the length of my ‘home river’ from source (in Montana) to mouth (north of St. Louis, Mo.),” he said.

In 1975 was the first trip, as he and his father partook of about 150 miles of the river in Montana, in an old powerboat.

Lindseth’s next two trips were the focus of his presentation to Prescott Kiwanis March 20.

The next trip came in July 2010, which was speared on by his children, who joined him. They left from the source towards Great Falls, Mont., approximately 200 miles away.

Lindseth said that portion of the Missouri is noted for its varied terrain, from its wide grassy valleys, steep cliffs, forested hills and low rugged mountains. They mostly ate at cafes and bars at dam sites, and in little towns on the banks of the river.

“No requirements to shoot and cook deer, elk or bear,” he added.

Lindseth also told some facts about the Missouri. For example, there are 15 dams between the Montana source and the South Dakota/Nebraska border. A large percentage of the river is lakes or impoundments held behind the dams for flood control, hydroelectric power and irrigation. He further said there were no locks at any of the dams, which meant one had to carry or haul their craft around every dam.

For more please read the April 16 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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