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Fargo Forum Attacks Minnesota DNR

The pace and push for the proposed Fargo Dam and FM Diversion is the very essence of corruption. It is the melting pot of decisions made under...

Fargo Forum Attacks Minnesota DNR

Arrogance and Overreach

If Darrel Vanyo is just another empty suit reciting the hearsay of the Corps of Engineers, project proponents and project designers – are taxpayers...

Arrogance and Overreach

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties July 17th, 2014

It’s unfair and unethical to force family farmers, homeowners and communities to pursue their own costly legal recourse...

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties July 17th, 2014

Paul Marquart Questions Fargo Diversion Authority

The lowest existing ground level in the new portion of Oxbow, ND requires a 22.5 foot high levee because it is 10 feet lower than...

Paul Marquart Questions Fargo Diversion Authority

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties July 10th, 2014

Fargo Diversion Authority refuses to explore retention as a viable flood protection option. Refusal to explore combined alternative...

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties July 10th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties July 3rd, 2014

This is a new tactic and was prompted perhaps by Fargo’s tardy realization that the project will not survive Minnesota’s...

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties July 3rd, 2014

Hogs at the Trough

Like calling the hogs to the trough…, the Fargo Forum heralds commencement of the $70+ million OHB project, including a brand new swimming pool, clubhouse,...

Hogs at the Trough

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties June 26th, 2014

Fargo Flop Flops on their OHB ring dike position. Fargo Diversion Authority leaders willing to say anything, do anything,...

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties June 26th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties June 19th, 2014

Beth Askegaard and Rolaine Askegaard write to MN Attorney General Lori Swanson to question leaders in St. Paul and Washington...

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties June 19th, 2014

Fargo Dam and Diversion Costs as of May 31st, 2014

Fargo Dam and Diversion Costs as of May 31st, 2014 Vendor Name ApprovedContract/Invoice Amount Liquidated OutstandingEncumbrance...

Fargo Dam and Diversion Costs as of May 31st, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties June 12th, 2014

The PR gang at the Diversion Authority have been turning themselves inside out trying to vilify the benefits of retention....

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties June 12th, 2014

MN DNR Letter to Darrell Vanyo Diversion Authority Chair 2014-04-22

The OHB levee is a project component of the F-M Project, without an independent basis for its construction as...

MN DNR Letter to Darrell Vanyo Diversion Authority Chair 2014-04-22

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 24th, 2014

Fargo Diversion Authority uses straw man arguments to distort viable solutions to Fargo flood protection. Fargo, ND is demanding...

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 24th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 10th, 2014

Seated next to the Diversion Authority’s attorney in the courtroom was an attorney representing the Army Corps, aka, the...

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 10th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 3rd, 2014

The location of the F-M Diversion dam and levee determines how much of the natural flood plain is “protected” for development....

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 3rd, 2014

Running Costs of the Fargo Dam and Diversion as of May 31st, 2014

$ 63,310,318.71

Here are the Top 15 Recipients

Vendor Name Approved Contract/Invoice Amount
HOUSTON-MOORE GROUP LLC 19,890,094.00
CH2M HILL ENGINEERS INC 12,491,244.99
CASS COUNTY JOINT WATER RESOUR 9,167,398.87
COMMERCIAL TITLE LLC 3,869,541.00
TITLE COMPANY 3,641,500.00
OXBOW. CITY OF 2,935,741.87
ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS 2,450,000.00
KENNELLY & OKEEFFE 1,729,310.56
URS CORPORATION 1,501,488.42
MINNESOTA DNR 1,492,718.00
DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP 828,169.58
MOORE ENGINEERING INC 662,468.17
HOUSTON ENGINEERING INC 576,669.57
RED RIVER BASIN COMMISSION 500,000.00
NORTHERN TITLE CO 484,016.00
GRAND TOTAL$ 62,220,301.03

The Top 15 Payees Comprise 98.28% of the Total Project Costs

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Letter: Forum Editorial Shows Clear Lack of Integrity

Letter: Forum Editorial Shows Clear Lack of Integrity

I urge The Forum to please try to save your last bits of journalistic integrity and publish the facts and not propagate propaganda. I realize that in an editorial, you can say what you want without facts backing your position.

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Fargo Forum Attacks Minnesota DNR

Fargo Forum Attacks Minnesota DNR

The pace and push for the proposed Fargo Dam and FM Diversion is the very essence of corruption. It is the melting pot of decisions made under duress due to time constraints with a constant overstatement of impacts and a manufactured EOE study to set Fargo’s flood gage as the benchmark for the entire Red River Valley.

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Arrogance and Overreach

Arrogance and Overreach

If Darrel Vanyo is just another empty suit reciting the hearsay of the Corps of Engineers, project proponents and project designers – are taxpayers really receiving fair representation?

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CASE 0:13-cv-02262-JRT-LIB Document 80

CASE 0:13-cv-02262-JRT-LIB Document 80

Initial authorization is not the final word on a Corps project. Authorized projects may be modified for a number of reasons including cost changes and design modifications. The Corps may not commence construction on a significant flood control project without both Congressional authorization and a Congressional appropriation(s). Congressional authorization of a flood control project does not guarantee federal funding through a Congressional appropriation.

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CASE 0:13-cv-02262-JRT-LIB Document 79

CASE 0:13-cv-02262-JRT-LIB Document 79

Nathan J. Hartshorn, MN Assistant Attorney General: The Project would flood thousands of acres of Minnesota farmland in order to expand development opportunities in the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area. The Project also would require construction of a high-hazard dam on the Red River, upstream of Minnesota communities. This high hazard dam requires MDNR dam safety and work in public waters permits, and triggered a mandatory Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under Minnesota law.

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CASE 0:13-cv-02262-JRT-LIB Document 78

CASE 0:13-cv-02262-JRT-LIB Document 78

Nathan J. Hartshorn, MN Assistant Attorney General: MDNR has a significant interest in this matter because the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion Board of Authority (“Diversion Authority”) asserts that the proposed Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project (“Project”) is not subject to State regulation. The Project would flood tens of thousands of acres of Minnesota farmland in order to expand development opportunities in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area.

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Wild Rice Alternative

Wild Rice Alternative

Project Failure: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fails to explore options and alternative that DO NOT promote encroachment and urban sprawl into the last natural flood plain south of Fargo, ND in direct and indirect violation of Executive Order 11988 (EO11988). More to the point, the limited alternatives explored are concentric to the “exploitation for urban sprawl” into the last natural flood plain south of Fargo, ND.

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Defending Richland and Wilkin counties July 17th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties July 17th, 2014

It’s unfair and unethical to force family farmers, homeowners and communities to pursue their own costly legal recourse to Fargo’s development project. But then again, maybe we’re expecting too much of our neighbors and elected leaders.

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Paul Marquart Questions Fargo Diversion Authority

Paul Marquart Questions Fargo Diversion Authority

The lowest existing ground level in the new portion of Oxbow, ND requires a 22.5 foot high levee because it is 10 feet lower than the lowest residential property along Schnell drive in Oxbow, ND. However, the FEMA regulatory flood plain indicates the lowest existing properties along Schnell drive are only 10.8 inches below the FEMA regulatory 100 year flood plain.

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Fargo Diversion Authority Ducks Unlimited 404 Permit Deal

Fargo Diversion Authority Ducks Unlimited 404 Permit Deal

Bruce Spiller: “…correct, when we were in final phase with the Corps we tried to get this moved now uhh, now that we have authorization to try to get mitigation because we are going to have extra wetlands on the whole project, um, and tried to get it to separate it and they basically came back with we wouldn’t get a permit if we didn’t go to this.”

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