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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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An Illinois River boating adventure

July 10, 2008 at 07:52 AM

Say what you will about the value of global positioning systems. For at least one boater in Illinois recently, the GPS system wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. As the story goes in this case, a boater from Toronto, Canada (who was sober) was checking his GPS briefly during a trip down the Illinois River on July 6 when, bang, he ran aground. Conservation police officers Dan Sandman and Jim Dever responded to a call from the Fulton County sheriff’s office about the boat. At first they thought they might be able to pull the boat off the sand. That was obviously not the case, as this thing is 43 feet long and weighs nearly 40,000 pounds.

Tanner Barge Co. from Havana had to pull the boat back into the water, after snapping the first line they used as a tow. The four people aboard were unharmed and were able to continue on their way to St. Louis. The boat was taking on some water but was largely undamaged.

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