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Published November 01, 2012, 01:20 PM

Pleasant Township residents try to make point with measure

HICKSON, N.D. (AP) — Residents in North Dakota's Pleasant Township are so unhappy with plans to divert the Red River that they're asking voters to let them secede from the state's most populous county.

HICKSON, N.D. (AP) — Residents in North Dakota's Pleasant Township are so unhappy with plans to divert the Red River that they're asking voters to let them secede from the state's most populous county.

If approved, the measure would mean that nearly 500 people from the township south of Fargo would forsake Cass County in favor of being annexed into neighboring Richland County.

The upset stems from a plan to plop a holding pond in the area to store water in times of major flooding, allowing the water to be diverted around the Fargo metropolitan area.

Seventy-three-year-old Gary Redlin says elected officials aren't listening to residents' concerns. He says his property value is decreasing and he's "in limbo."

The measure would have to pass in Cass and Richland counties for annexation to become reality.

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