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FM Diversion and Dam Increases national debt

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties July 16th, 2015

So many questions, too few answers…, taxpayer subsidized buyouts to mitigate a project that does not have federal funding...

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties July 16th, 2015

Fargo Dam and Diversion Costs as of June 30th, 2015

Fargo Diversion Authority spent another $ 7,415,358.87 from May 31st to June 30th, 2015. 1/9th (11.11% ) of the original projected...

Fargo Dam and Diversion Costs as of June 30th, 2015

Flip Flop, Money Drop, Get A Brand New Home

Amidst the controversy generated by 200 – 400 percent buyouts in Oxbow, ND ~ Fargo Diversion Authority documents indicate the current...

Flip Flop, Money Drop, Get A Brand New Home

Fargo Dam and Diversion Costs as of May 31st, 2015

Fargo Diversion Authority spent another $22,456,624.30 from April 30th to May 31st, 2015. Nearly 1/9 (10.69% ) of the original...

Fargo Dam and Diversion Costs as of May 31st, 2015

DPAC: Diversion Project Assessment Committee

Isn’t it curious that Fargo Diversion Authority members claim this is all “part of the process”…, yet the process...

DPAC: Diversion Project Assessment Committee

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties May 21st, 2015

Even at a modest borrowing rate, the local sales tax won’t cover the interest on a note to cover the federal share. The...

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties May 21st, 2015

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties May 14th, 2015

POLL VOTE: Fargo’s leaders made a good gamble with $60 million of taxpayers’ money, even after Minnesota formally objected...

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties May 14th, 2015

Disinformation from Fargo Diversion Authority Chairman Darrell Vanyo

Yes Darrell, why did pro-diversion ilk pump $168+ million into the dam and diversion, $60+ million into Oxbow,...

Disinformation from Fargo Diversion Authority Chairman Darrell Vanyo

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 26th, 2015

Bullying has become a well-polished means to an end for the diversion authority. Who would have imagined, ten years ago,...

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 26th, 2015

Angry Rodger Olson Bullies Clay Commissioner

Perhaps it’s just a feeble attempt at misdirection in hopes of duping some unwitting souls into believing that he does not have that...

Angry Rodger Olson Bullies Clay Commissioner

Garaas Law Firm Letter of Complaint to North Dakota Attorney General Wayne K. Stenehjem

Can the Cass County Joint Water Resource District subject any political subdivision ofthe...

Garaas Law Firm Letter of Complaint to North Dakota Attorney General Wayne K. Stenehjem

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 9th, 2015

Cass County taxpayers receiving an assessment ballot and an “invitation” to support Fargo’s Diversion learned that the...

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 9th, 2015

Fargo Dam and Diversion Costs as of March 31st, 2015

Fargo Diversion Authority spent another $5,144,824.87 from February 28th to March 31st, 2015. Nearly 1/11 ( 9.44 % ) of the...

Fargo Dam and Diversion Costs as of March 31st, 2015

Objection to Fargo Dam and Diversion Tax Assessment

To protect the public from a special assessment process not allowed by law, please suspend the balloting so that an Attorney...

Objection to Fargo Dam and Diversion Tax Assessment

Getting Caught In A Lie, Again

In attempt to generate support for the recent tax assessment rolled out by the Cass County Joint Water Resource District, the Fargo Diversion Authority...

Getting Caught In A Lie, Again

Running Costs of the Fargo Dam and Diversion as of June 30th, 2015

$ 198,787,748.93

Here are the Top 25 Recipients

CASS COUNTY JOINT WATER RESOUR 87,315,840.58 50,989,972.22 36,325,868.36
HOUSTON-MOORE GROUP LLC 26,571,077.45 19,457,571.86 7,113,505.59
CH2M HILL ENGINEERS INC 17,860,819.01 15,380,819.01 2,480,000.00
INDUSTRIAL CONTRACT SERVICES I 17,630,171.59 4,109,742.24 13,520,429.35
OXBOW, CITY OF 13,674,481.92 11,866,237.70 1,808,244.22
INDUSTRIAL BUILDERS INC 8,204,021.00 3,166,820.64 5,037,200.36
COMMERCIAL TITLE LLC 3,869,541.00 3,869,541.00 -
TITLE COMPANY 3,641,500.00 3,641,500.00 -
ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS 3,350,000.00 2,825,000.00 525,000.00
MINNESOTA DNR 2,188,007.43 1,740,211.07 447,796.36
DORSEY & WHITNEY LLP 2,181,203.59 2,007,323.40 173,880.19
URS CORPORATION 1,745,618.42 1,306,169.75 439,448.67
KENNELLY & OKEEFFE 1,729,310.56 1,729,310.56 -
ENVENTIS 1,440,088.62 115,685.62 1,324,403.00
XCEL ENERGY-FARGO 753,641.97 - 753,641.97
MOORE ENGINEERING INC 662,468.17 662,468.17 -
DUCKS UNLIMITED 587,180.00 587,180.00 -
HOUSTON ENGINEERING INC 576,669.57 576,669.57 -
RED RIVER BASIN COMMISSION 500,000.00 447,747.40 52,252.60
NORTHERN TITLE CO 484,016.00 484,016.00 -
AT&T 441,330.44 - 441,330.44
ERNST & YOUNG 350,000.00 - 350,000.00
CITY OF FARGO 326,278.71 326,278.71 -
ERIK R JOHNSON & ASSOCIATES 321,723.99 321,723.99 -
702 COMMUNICATIONS 275,862.91 100,483.18 175,379.73

The Top 25 Payees Comprise 98.94% of the Total Project Costs
The Top 10 Payees Comprise 93.81% of the Total Project Costs

June 2015 Daily Expenditures $ 239,205.12 (per day)

June 2015 Daily Expenditures $ 100,690.69 (per day) on Oxbow, ND

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Pawluk's Pen Perils (part 7)

Pawluk’s Pen Perils (part 7)

The danger of losing objectivity is that a pragmatic solution for Fargo’s contrived flood levels becomes harder to reach, largely because the goal is financially unrealistic.

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Pawluk's Pen Perils (part 6)

Pawluk’s Pen Perils (part 6)

What happens when taxpayers get to pay sales tax and tax assessments for local and federal share for the dam, diversion and then flood insurance?

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Pawluk's Pen Perils (part 5)

Pawluk’s Pen Perils (part 5)

Rather ignominious to bellyache that people need a flood so that Pawluk and his ilk can pompously deliver a “WE TOLD YOU SO”, when they’ve had SIX LONG YEARS to complete internal flood protection and help those 20,000 property owners avoid FEMA flood insurance,

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Pawluk's Pen Perils (part 4)

Pawluk’s Pen Perils (part 4)

It is unfortunate that the very agencies that should be working in tension to each other are expected acquiesce or be cast out, much like what happened with the Buffalo Red River Watershed District and West Fargo.

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Pawluk's Pen Perils (part 3)

Pawluk’s Pen Perils (part 3)

Ken Pawluk, Here’s a thought…, pull your heads out of your derriere’s and stop leveraging future development against the existing homes of hard working taxpayers funding the escapades of you and your ilk.

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Case Civil No. 13-2262 (D287) | US District Court, District of  Minnesota

Case Civil No. 13-2262 (D287) | US District Court, District of Minnesota

The following clarification was received late today from US District Court, District of Minnesota. Summmary: Home and golf course construction may continue, however, the all physical construction activities related to the OHB ring levee, if ongoing, must cease immediately. [Jump to Judges Decision and Order Decision] CASE 0:13-cv-02262-JRT-LIB Document 287 Filed 07/28/15 UNITED STATES DISTRICT […]

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Pawluk's Pen Perils (part 2)

Pawluk’s Pen Perils (part 2)

I’m sorry, but there are no accolades for internal flood protection that is long overdue. What the city and county can build in mere weeks before a flood, could have easily been completed in the six years since the 2009 flood.

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Pawluk's Pen Perils (part 1)

Pawluk’s Pen Perils (part 1)

This dogmatic attempt by project promoters to assert that water project impacts are an “unavoidable” and foregone conclusion defines the imperial nature associated with Cass county and Fargo.

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Situational Ethics Part 9

Situational Ethics Part 9

Contrary to a public denial during a June 9, 2015 interview on 6:30 POV with Chris Berg – Diversion Authority records indicate that the Mayor of Oxbow submitted a proposed development plan for Oxbow, Bakke, and Hickson.

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Situational Ethics Part 8

Situational Ethics Part 8

Isn’t it rather interesting Fargo Diversion Authority resorts to hearsay and conjecture relating to FEMA flood insurance but have yet to produce a FEMA document defining the claims being made or offered an ironclad written guarantee that FEMA will not require flood insurance behind the OHB ring dike or Fargo Dam and FM Diversion project?

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