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RED RIVER

The $3.2 billion Red River diversion project is being spearheaded by a staff of four but is supported by an estimated 200 consultants working to meet a 2027 completion deadline.
It won’t happen until 2023, I’m told, but Wednesday’s news that funding is imminent for a new boat ramp at LaFave Park moves the project from pipe dream to reality. The existing ramp, which is only wide enough to launch one boat at a time, has been in need of replacement for years
You might want to sit down before reading the rest of this column. I sat down to write it, shortly after picking myself up off the floor when I came to the realization of what needed to be written.
The man was in the water for about 7 minutes before he was pulled to safety.

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Data will be used to plan and implement flood mitigation, conservation projects
On the north side of Fargo, just across the river from Moorhead’s MB Johnson Park, I saw something I did not expect. There was an island in the Red River.
Jodi Smith, North Dakota land commissioner, has been hired as the Metro Flood Diversion Authority's director of land and compliance. The Diversion Authority also has signed crucial financial documents with the Red River Valley Alliance, the private partners that will design and build the 30-mile diversion channel.
Efforts to re-establish lake sturgeon in the Red River Basin began in 1997 and 1998, when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stocked juvenile sturgeon into the Red River and several tributaries, using fish from the Rainy River.
"We believe the risk to park users is too high," the petition's organizer said in an interview. "It's just downright unacceptable."
The metal sculpture, "Spirit of the Sandbagger," adorns the top of an arch behind the floodwall in downtown Fargo and commemorates thousands of volunteers who fought numerous Red River floods.

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Reforest the Red is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Near Climax, Minnesota, a small crack in the ground has grown, causing a quarter-mile long stretch of bean field to fall 25 feet. Few have ever seen anything like it.
The dismissal of the lawsuit immediately opens the way for the Central North Dakota Water Project, but also will be helpful later in establishing the legal authority to use federal infrastructure to divert Missouri River water to the Red River.

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