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Mid-Missouri resident and farmer, Terry Hilgedick, talks about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decisions made about water releases from its upstream dams and how it could impact his family's farm along the Missouri River as well as neighboring farms and the nearby town of Hartsburg.

Mid-Missouri resident and farmer, Terry Hilgedick, talks about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decisions made about water releases from its upstream dams and how it could impact his family's farm along the Missouri River as well as neighboring farms and the nearby town of Hartsburg. Photo by Julie Smith.

As Mid-Missourians watch Missouri River levels and fluctuating forecasts, and hear the stories of massive flooding from near St. Joseph north into the Dakotas, many are wondering whom to blame.

Is the unpredictability of Mother Nature solely responsible, or did the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mismanage its upstream reservoir system?

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Hartsburg farmer Terry Hilgedick was one of several who challenged Army Brig. Gen. John McMahon in Jefferson City last Monday.

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