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Governor Mark Dayton Raising Concerns Over FM Diversion Project

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Governor Mark Dayton is raising more concerns over the F-M Flood Diversion Project.  He's publicly calling out actions by the Diversion Authority.

In a letter addressed to Cass County Commissioner Darrell Vanyo, he corrected a timeline for an environmental impact study, asking for projects to be stopped and questioning the makeup of the diversion authority board. He says there aren't enough Minnesotans from upstream being involved.

Commissioner Vanyo says he's not happy with Governor Dayton's response.

Vanyo says, "Quite frankly, you know, at some point, the back and forth has got to stop, we have never in any way had the tone that he has had about this project."

The original target date for the diversion to be in place was 2022, with groundbreaking in 2014. Vanyo says that will most likely not happen.

Amy Unrau

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