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Erv and Eileen Tolkinen are adding riprap and sand to their property to preserve boat and dock access at their home as the water level rises Tuesday, July 1, 2014, on Paul Lake. Dave Wallis / The Forum

'It's really depressing': Paul Lake residents near Perham battle nonstop flooding

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PERHAM, Minn. – Whenever Jenny Caughey sees a freight train rumble by, she daydreams of using the tank cars to carry water away from the flooded lake that has eaten away at her property for the past two decades. 


“I know it would be kind of like emptying a bathtub one thimble at a time,” says Caughey, 60, as she snaps back to reality.

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Erik Burgess
Erik Burgess covers city and county government for The Forum. He started as the paper's night reporter in 2012, after graduating from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He was born and raised in Grand Forks, N.D., and also spent time interning at the Grand Forks Herald.  Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to
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