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Self Serving Media Upstaged by Real Journalism

Self Serving Media Upstaged by Real Journalism

As I re-read the Agweek article by Mikkel Pates, it’s easy to realize who the hero’s and zero’s really are, by their responses. The shameless “economic engine”, often touted by the pro-Fargo Diversion Authority ilk, is a direct assault on small towns and rural economies.

Time to Get Real

Time to Get Real

Oddly, citing – “as designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers” is reminiscent to those – “as seen on T.V.” infomercials, wherein a misleading problem can be fixed with the latest and greatest huckster science – with the whole intent of getting into your wallet.

Competence, Ethics, Conflicts of Interest and Moral Turpitude

Competence, Ethics, Conflicts of Interest and Moral Turpitude

Maybe the players in this matter received bad legal advice, or maybe they’ve acted upon their own accord. What strikes me the most odd in all this…, is that it got by the ethical filters of all the parties involved.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties February 27th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties February 27th, 2014

Don’t be misled, the law is clear. Minnesota has the final word on whether the Red River gets a dam. The Army Corps is essentially just Fargo’s paid contractor for this project, in no way exempt from the requirements of Minnesota law.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties January 30th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties January 30th, 2014

The Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke ring dike has become a contentious issue that divides the community. A majority of this community voted against the plan. The remainder of the residents, a clear minority from Oxbow, cut a favorable deal for millions in benefits, and they now actively promote the plan they once opposed.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties January 23rd, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties January 23rd, 2014

The diversion could be moved north of the confluence of the Wild Rice and Red Rivers. Recent studies show that taking less area out of the floodplain south of Fargo and reducing the amount of water in the river during times of flooding through distributed storage (water detention) would completely eliminate impacts of Fargo’s diversion in Richland and Wilkin counties.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties January 16th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties January 16th, 2014

Dennis Walaker: “It would be unfortunate if Metro Flood Project sponsors were asked to mitigate against the impacts caused by staged water at project sponsors’ expense.”

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties January 9th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties January 9th, 2014

How much water does it take to drown a rat? I suppose it depends on whether the rat can swim, but let’s pretend it can’t. Is the rat any more dead if it’s under an inch of water or three feet of water?

USACE Releases Oxbow Hickson Bakke (OHB) Levee Wind Wave Analysis Report

USACE Releases Oxbow Hickson Bakke (OHB) Levee Wind Wave Analysis Report

Residents of the communities of Bakke, Hickson and Oxbow, North Dakota could face several weeks of adverse conditions surrounded by a man-made lake which could exceed 50 square miles in size.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties January 2nd, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties January 2nd, 2014

Above all, we resolve to never give up. The strength we have as an organization comes from our people’s ability to stand together, to raise the money needed to finance legal and political action, and to never lose sight of positive flood solutions for everyone.