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Letter: A Land Development Plan Disguised as Flood Control

Letter: A Land Development Plan Disguised as Flood Control

When our cup overflows, North Dakota can accomplish great things. We are people of fortitude, work ethic and discipline. Knowing this, can we stand idle when a few people, called the Diversion Authority, are taking it upon the taxpayers of North Dakota to pay for a private country club and private championship golf course?

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 24th, 2014

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 a plan that only protects the city. Distributed retention protects the entire Red River Valley, included Fargo, which protects more land, more cities, more people, more property and infrastructure.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 17th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 17th, 2014

I am familiar with your letter dated Jan. 14, 2014 to Darrel Vanyo, warning Fargo’s Diversion Authority that this action may violate Minnesota law. After receiving your letter, Fargo-Moorhead’s Diversion Authority concocted an “independent utility” story.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 10th, 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 United States Government. In discussions with the judge, the Army Corps attorney stated that federal law overrules state law only if it is a navigation project. This isn’t that type of project. Which, of course, means it’s a flood control project and states have as much right to control flood control projects as the feds do.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 3rd, 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. The farther south the dam and levee are located, the larger the portion of Cass County that is protected for subsidized development. It’s the area where the water naturally collects as it’s been doing since our river system was formed by Mother Nature.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties March 27th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties March 27th, 2014

The snow-making that’s been a part of the Diversion Authority’s public relations mantra, systematically understates costs and impacts and overstates benefits of their project.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties March 20th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties March 20th, 2014

If Fargo is in effect buying votes by unwise use of funds, what are we going to get in the end? That will leave the people of North Dakota and Minnesota footing the bill for millions of dollars to provide nothing.

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.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties March 6th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties March 6th, 2014

The damage caused by the intentional flooding cost ten times more than the New Orleans power brokers estimated, and a large percentage of the flooded rural residents received nothing for the damage they suffered.

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