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Reagan statue work in Tampico

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 10:41 p.m. CST

LeClaire, Iowa sculptor Ted McElhiney (front right) points out the direction the Ronald Reagan boyhood statue will face as Kyle Chipman (front left), of Hot Scotsmen Fine Art Foundry Inc. of Peoria, gets a look before he welds the statue to the bronze cannon Thursday afternoon in Reagan Park across the street from Reagan's boyhood home in Tampico. The statue depicts the former president as a boy, playing with a cannon he liked in the park. The Tampico Area Historical Society worked for 6 years to hit the project's $50,000 fundraising target, hitting several snags along the way. The cannon portion of the statue has been at the park for a couple years, but has been waiting for Reagan to be attached. A dedication ceremony for the statue has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the park.

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