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Published October 19, 2012, 09:48 PM

Ring dike controversy continues

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Army Corps of Engineers will now research the effects of a ring dike around Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Army Corps of Engineers will now research the effects of a ring dike around Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke.

A ring levee could save those communities along with the golf course,

sounds like a win - win right? Some in the community say not so fast.

The Diversion Board of Authority scheduled a meeting for next Tuesday,

then it will make a formal request to the corps to further refine this ring dike concept. But before even getting any information back from the corps, Bakke and Hickson have both opposed the project.

Oxbow right now is undecided, and is getting heavy pressure from its neighbors. Leaders there won't talk on camera until after a city meeting next Thursday.

People opposing the ring dike believe its just a PR move by the diversion authority.

Mike Bice, who is opposing the ring dike option, says, "right now it just seems like they want a way to divide Bakke and Oxbow and Richland County just to get less opposition to the current plan."

Meantime, Diversion authority chair Darrel Vanyo says it seems any move made is being called tainted or put in question by people in that area.

The Diversion Authority is expected to pick a diversion option by November 8th, this ring dike concept doesn't need to be decided until a later date.

Vanyo says they're going through with the study because analysis could change the minds of people who oppose it.

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