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Congressman Cramer wants conflict over ring levee to be resolved

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer is urging local and state leaders to work together with Governor Mark Dayton to resolve conflict over the Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke Ring Levee.

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Cramer says he fears if North Dakota leaders, including the board authority thump their chest at Dayton's criticism, the result could be disastrous.

Governor Dayton has called for the levee construction to stop until an environmental impact study by the Minnesota DNR can be completed.

Cramer says North Dakota needs to have a backup plan in case a lawsuit against the project is successful.

Kevin Cramer/U.S. Congressman, North Dakota: “We can't ignore him. We may not like what he's saying but we can't ignore the fact that Minnesota shares that border with us and that river with us.”

Cramer says if the rift between the states continues, it will be difficult for him to have enough consensus in Washington to gain federal funding for the flood project.

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