"Somebody might get the idea they can continue and make it even bigger," he said.
The culprits are unknown, so county officials weren't able to deal with the dam simply by warning the kids to knock it off. As for the ultimate solution for making sure dams don't return, there was no discussion Tuesday of setting traps for either group of would-be engineers.
The county, meanwhile, was more favorable toward another Lake Crystal dam. The new outlet control on Crystal Lake, which replaces a deteriorating decades-old weir, has been completed by Landwehr Construction of St. Cloud at a cost of $95,000.
That project — financed by the county, city of Lake Crystal and the state — is aimed at ensuring the lake's level doesn't drop by a foot or more and create large mud flats along the shore, which was the predicted result if the old dam was allowed to fail before the replacement was built.