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Ken Livedalen once raised high-quality hay on this land near Towner, N.D. But repeated flooding has turned the land from meadow to marsh.All images taken June 23 at Towner, N.D., by John Brose, special to Agweek.

'The forgotten ones': Repeated flooding brings tough times in ND cattle capital

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TOWNER, N.D. – Ken Livedalen looks over what once was a broad meadow near the Souris River. For decades, the ground produced a bountiful crop of nutritious grass that he baled and fed to his cattle.

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“People used to come here to see all the hay bales,” he says.

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