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Fred Mueller letter: A vocal minority fights lake outlet

It is difficult standing on the sideline and watch the effort to build a Devils Lake outlet unfold with such a vocal minority trying to control the outcome. The outlet will not only provide a vital component to a solution, it will also help preve...

It is difficult standing on the sideline and watch the effort to build a Devils Lake outlet unfold with such a vocal minority trying to control the outcome. The outlet will not only provide a vital component to a solution, it will also help prevent a potentially devastating uncontrolled natural overflow to the Sheyenne River.

It is vital to maintain the economic vitality and quality of life not only for the Devils Lake Basin, but also insuring the future of those beyond the natural outlet, which includes Fargo, an area of utmost importance to the future of North Dakota. The state simply can not afford any losses, especially of this magnitude.

It is a lot of work to locate 25, 30 or 100 jobs to a community. Could you imagine the losses a do-nothing approach could yield? How could we even think of losing an entire community, be it Devils Lake, Minnewaukan or Churchs Ferry.

The State Water Commission outlet project is the result of many years of effort to identify the best possible solution for all.

It is impossible to satisfy everyone.

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It is good to see the state moving ahead with construction. This is good for the entire state.

Fred Mueller

Minot, N.D.

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