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Published March 04 2010

No love in Dilworth for Minnesota diversion

Bill Naasz worries that a Minnesota diversion would run through or near his Dilworth-area home.

John and Mary Tobolt of Dilworth fear that a Minnesota diversion would wipe out most of their farm.

Dilworth Mayor Chad Olson is afraid that a Minnesota diversion would cripple his city’s tax base and stifle future growth.

“Keep that thing out of Dilworth,” he said.

Putting the diversion in North Dakota would make far more sense, he said.

About 100 people attended a meeting Wednesday evening in Dilworth in which Olson and other officials voiced concerns about the possibility that a Red River flood diversion project will be routed through Minnesota, including Dilworth.

Among the concerns: