DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) -- A former Benson County commissioner says a rally planned near Devils Lake is meant to draw attention to serious flooding problems in the basin.

Barry Cox says he's hoping that thousands of people will show up Monday afternoon at the Tolna Coulee, which is the natural outlet for Devils Lake. He's asking demonstrators to bring shovels to highlight how easy it would be to lower the coulee and get more water off the lake.

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Cox says the rally is purely symbolic and no one will be digging up ground.

Cox tells KZZY radio that he doesn't believe the state's plan for an east end outlet is feasible.

Devils Lake has quadrupled in size since 1993 because of a series of wet years.

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