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Published May 22, 2011, 08:46 AM

Kindred, Oxbow residents voice opposition to a "Fargo Dam"

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - More than one hundred people in Kindred are showing their opposition to, not a flood diversion, but what they call a "Fargo Dam". They worry their homes, livelihoods, and ways of life will be wiped off the map if the proposed diversion goes through.

The group says the diversion resembles a dam because water will be backed up and stored where they live and the support for one another is growing and gaining momentum opposing the diversion.

Tonight’s meeting was the first public gathering of the No "Fargo Dam" group. The group includes people from Minnesota and North Dakota townships. Leaders of the group say many homes proposed to be bought out are under valued. They also want more studies done because they say no one really knows the true diversion impacts.

DENNIS BIEWER - "No Fargo Dam" Group: “It is very big. I think this is really going to help us make a point to the Corp and to Fargo-Moorhead that you're impacting a lot of lives, schools, and families.

We also spoke with Oxbow mayor Jim Nyhoff who was at the meeting he says the town is now "officially" opposing the flood diversion plan.

JIM NYHOFF - Oxbow Mayor: “We are running in to a brick wall and were just not getting anywhere. So were going to oppose the project and were going to oppose any additional water in Oxbow.”

There will be another public meeting this Tuesday at the Kindred high school at 7-PM. The Army Corps of engineers will also be at that meeting.