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Red River diversion foes take case to state courtSubmitted: 06/16/2014
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FARGO ND - A group of Red River diversion opponents who have filed a federal lawsuit against the planned flood control project are pleading their case in Minnesota state court as well.

The Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority is made up of representatives from about 20 cities and townships. The complaint that was lodged in federal court in September asks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to come up with a cheaper project that doesn't flood farmland.

The state lawsuit filed Friday says it doesn't make sense for the Red River Diversion Authority to begin construction of a ring dike around communities south of Fargo until the state of Minnesota finishes its review on possible environmental impacts.

Congress has authorized the nearly $2 billion diversion, but must pass separate legislation to pay for it.

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