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Published December 19, 2013, 09:40 PM

The FM Diversion Board bought the land to start a ring dike around Oxbow, Hickson, and Bakke

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A ring dike around the communities of Oxbow, Hickson, and Bakke is moving ahead.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A ring dike around the communities of Oxbow, Hickson, and Bakke is moving ahead.

The FM Diversion Board of Authority recently purchased land for the ring dike's footprint on the south end of Oxbow.

In the coming year, they hope to start buyouts of about 40 homes and begin construction on the $65,000,000 project.

Board chairman Darrell Vanyo says all residents in the homes that will be bought out know about it.

Darrell Vanyo/Board Chairman: “We do have to put a plan in place so that homeowners would know exactly when they have to be moving and things like that. So I dare say that we're not going to be doing purchases here in the near future but certainly in 2014 we would start that process.”

The board of authority today approved $38,000,000 plus matching funds to be set aside for land acquisition next year.

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