In the late 1990s, when Patrick Taylor moved back to his Merrill hometown, he bought a house on the water.
It was one of more than a hundred homes on a mill pond created by the old Ward paper mill dam.
“It was a great area for duck hunting,” Taylor said.
Other people on the water fished, swam, or canoed.
Then, Taylor learned the water was about to disappear.
“The day after we closed on the house, they announced the removal of the dam,” he said in an interview this week.