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July 11, 2014
Plan could double property assessments
FARGO — A new proposal by proponents of a $1.8 billion metro-area flood diversion could double the project’s potential special assessments for Cass County property owners, though diversion officials still say those fees will never be assessed. To fast-track the massive flood-control...
July 11, 2014 - 6:40am
July 10, 2014
Diversion officials bristle at cost of wetland restoration
FARGO — It will take more than a half-million dollars to mitigate the impacts of an upstream ring levee on local wetlands, a cost some metro-area flood diversion officials have trouble swallowing. “It’s a little bit like highway robbery,” said Cass County Auditor Michael...
July 10, 2014 - 7:01am
June 17, 2014
Diversion deserves our support
Grand Forks Herald Did you notice? This year’s flood season once again has come and gone. And once again, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks residents sat high and dry, never having to give the Red River a second thought. When was the last time the words “Sandbag Central” crossed...
June 17, 2014 - 7:51am
June 13, 2014
Officials: Plans for cemeteries a year away
FARGO — Diversion officials say they hope to have plans for how to save cemeteries south of Fargo-Moorhead from backed-up Red River floodwaters within a year. The prospect of sitting water — from a few inches to more than 10 feet — atop graves has become another rallying...
June 13, 2014 - 6:04am
June 3, 2014
Moorhead also has a stake in diversion project
The Moorhead City Council’s reluctance to embrace its role as a full partner in the Fargo-Moorhead diversion project is shortsighted and parochial. It suggests the city’s leadership (or at least a portion of it) is content to look inward at a time when the F-M metro is expanding...
June 3, 2014 - 7:23am
May 21, 2014
U.S. House approves flood diversion
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House on Tuesday gave its final approval to the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion. The Water Resources Reform Development Act, a package of water infrastructure projects including the proposed $1.8 billion flood channel around the metro area, passed 412-5,...
May 21, 2014 - 7:54am
May 20, 2014
Letter to the editor: ATM seems poised to spew greenbacks in Fargo’s way
Who needs a pipeline to move oil field benefits from the west? Fargo diversion backers have concocted a scheme to turn the state’s oil and agriculture bounty into a giant ATM machine. Fargo’s diversion cost estimate is about $2 billion. It’s a sure bet the federal government...
May 20, 2014 - 7:18am
May 14, 2014
F-M Diversion inches toward congressional approval
WASHINGTON — Almost a year to the day since the project was initially approved by the U.S. Senate, the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion is finally inching toward final congressional authorization. The Water Resources Development Act, a package of water infrastructure projects including...
May 14, 2014 - 7:04am
April 4, 2014
Diversion suit: Magistrate hears arguments against F-M project
DULUTH, Minn. — Allegations in a lawsuit challenging the planned construction of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project rely heavily on future determinations that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has not yet made, attorneys for the project argued Thursday in seeking...
April 4, 2014 - 6:41am
March 13, 2014
Diversion funding on the way
Without fanfare, North Dakota’s senators announced last week that yet another installment of funding for the Fargo-Moorhead diversion has been released to the Corps of Engineers. The new $6.3 million from already appropriated money will help complete 2014’s design and planning...
March 13, 2014 - 7:30am
December 27, 2013
Lawyers reject claims in suit against diversion
FARGO — Lawyers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are denying several allegations made in a lawsuit against the proposed Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project. The 35-page response to the lawsuit was filed Monday, and in it, the government’s legal team rejects the claim from...
December 27, 2013 - 7:26am
October 29, 2013
Hearing set on Red River diversion lawsuit
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal court hearing has been scheduled next month on whether the F-M Diversion Authority can intervene in a lawsuit by opponents of the planned Red River diversion around Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn. — neighboring cities that have battled major...
October 29, 2013 - 9:00am
October 25, 2013
House votes to authorize Fargo-Moorhead Diversion
WASHINGTON -- With full congressional approval in sight, the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion's real battle can soon begin: for federal money. The U.S.
October 25, 2013 - 6:02am
October 14, 2013
Engineers say Fargo should pass on tunnel proposal
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Engineers for the city of Fargo say the community should scrap plans for a $44 million tunnel on a downtown street. The 740-foot tunnel was proposed as part of a flood protection plan in front of City Hall. The city has been forced to put up temporary levees...
October 14, 2013 - 10:33am
September 23, 2013
Red River diversion opponents raising money
CHRISTINE, N.D. (AP) -- Opponents of the planned Red River diversion around Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn., are raising money to pay for a federal lawsuit against the project. About 500 people turned out Sunday night for a fundraising steak dinner in the town of Christine,...
September 23, 2013 - 9:02am