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Published October 04, 2011, 05:46 PM

Some Churchs Ferry, ND, Residents Want Town Disbanded; Election to be Held

CHURCHS FERRY, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The rising Devils Lake might claim another town, but Ramsey County officials aren't ready to give up.

CHURCHS FERRY, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The rising Devils Lake might claim another town, but Ramsey County officials aren't ready to give up.

Churchs Ferry residents brought a petition to the Ramsey County Commission last month asking to disband the city.

But now a city-wide election will let residents decide whether the city should be dissolved.

County commissioners hope the lake won't win another battle.

The town just had its 125th birthday.

"It's a historic city. It has a lot of significance to a lot of people," county commissioner Mark Olson said.

But the city's population has been dwindling since floodwaters started invading the town. Some residents say it's time to give up.

"I've been there in the winter time, the roads are plowed, the lots are mowed, everything is taken care of," Olson said.

"I think we have to fight to keep everything we can," county commissioner Scott Diseth said. "The lake is putting people at odds against each other because it's hurting so many people in so many ways."

The Ramsey County Commission plans to get all of the Churchs Ferry residents to meet with a mediator to see if differences can be resolved.

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