Local Man Donates $60K to Pond to Honor His Mom

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A leaky dam that was supposed to last a hundred years only lasted 10, causing the McDill Pond in the town of Whiting, Wis. to dry up for the last two summers.

After the dam began to leak, it was unclear who would replace and/or fix it.

"There was a lot of finger pointing between the village, the city and the county,” Bob Spoerl, McDill Pond donor said. “I don't know specifics, and that was water over the dam to use a bad pun."

Spoerl is the vice president of General Beer Inc., and his success has helped him so he could donate $60,000 to solve the two-year feud between the local political offices.

"This process wouldn't have been able to move forward without Bob Spoerl coming forth,” Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson said. “He loved the pond. His mother loved the pond. Everyone has an element because of his generosity."

Spoerl’s mother passed away a few year ago. He said she lived on the pond since the 70’s and it would have killed her to see the pond drained.

"The place always held a special place in her heart,” Spoerl said. “She fed the ducks literally every day.”

Halverson grew up only feet from McDill Pond.

"It (the dam solution) really is one of the greatest successes that we've had in a long time where you can get four different governments on the same page to solve a problem that really benefits everyone in the area," Halverson said.

Six-year resident Gordy Mouw said his family has been able to enjoy the pond this past month for the first time in two summers.

"It meant the world to us living here,” Mouw said. “We couldn't be thankful enough for that donation."

Spoerl has gone from distributing beer, to distributing a chance for families to grow.

“It’s so much more than the residence,” Spoerl said. “It’s to really enjoy a resource that will keep giving for years to come."

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