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Mayor's Musings: Comments sought regarding diversion

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Mayor's Musings: Comments sought regarding diversion
Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

Thanks to all of you for the kind words about the first column and for sending your questions.

Many of you have asked for my thoughts on the proposed Red River diversion. That is fine and may take more than one column to cover. However, we need to hear from you first! The Corps of Engineers has opened the comment period for you to express your opinion.


On the city of West Fargo's home page at, you will find a link to the draft feasibility report (all 548 pages). Also, on the website is a link to leave your comments about the project. You don't have to leave your name if you so choose.

I would encourage all West Fargo residents to leave a comment, pro or con, because it is important that our voices be heard. Comments during the open period must be considered by the Corps of Engineers.

I think we all agree that Fargo and Moorhead need flood protection. What shape or form that protection will take, how much it will cost, and how it will impact the region, are very much open for discussion. As you may know, the West Fargo city commission has voted to support the Red River diversion if it is built west of our diversion.

Again, please leave your comments for the Corps to review and tell your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Thanks to everyone for your patience while city crews clean up the mess after the Memorial Day storm. It will take a few weeks to get everything back to normal. City, police and fire departments and you are to be commended for starting the cleanup process right after the storm.

One of our trees ended up blocking the street. It was quite surreal as we stood in the pouring rain surrounded by red flashing lights and watched as fire and police personnel efficiently cut that tree up and dragged it to the side of the road. It was about a 20-minute job for them, and then with a friendly wave goodbye, they moved onto their next project. It just reinforced my opinion that these people are real-life heroes.

It's always interesting to hear storm stories. I've heard many stories of people losing trees, but right next to the tree a garbage can or lawn chair wasn't moved. You only have to look at the WDAY radio towers that toppled to understand the power this storm had. We need to be thankful that no lives were lost or people seriously injured. Trees can be replaced.

Do you have a topic you would like me to write about, or a question you would like answered? If so, send me a note at or leave me a note on Facebook.