Business: Progress on the Big Muddy

In the Cabinet Room of the White House last week, Government officials and legislators from the Dakotas gathered around as President Eisenhower pressed a golden telegraph key. From a loudspeaker, cut in on a long-distance telephone line, came the voice of South Dakota's Governor Sigurd Anderson 1,200 miles away: "Thank you, Mr. President. Fort Randall's first generator is now on the line, producing more power for the great Missouri Basin in the heart of America."

The Fort Randall Dam near Pickstown, S. Dak. is the first of four big Missouri River projects to produce power in the Pick-Sloan development plan for the...

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