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Associated Press, Published September 07 2011

ND Water Commission mulling $1 million for Tolna Coulee

BISMARCK — North Dakota's Water Commission is considering whether to spend an extra $1 million on a structure to control Devils Lake water flows through the Tolna Coulee.

The commission is meeting late Wednesday to review the proposed expense. The commission has already voted to spend $3 million on the project, but its costs have risen.

The coulee is a natural channel between the flooding lake and the Sheyenne River. The state and Army Corps of Engineers say the structure would control water flows and reduce flooding worries downstream.

The Devils Lake City Commission doesn't like the project, and on Tuesday the commission voted to reject a state proposal to buy city land that would be needed to build it.

State officials say they'll take the land through eminent domain if necessary.

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