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Mark Waltz and Doug Lingen, Published October 05 2013

Letter: Back-stabbers, double-dealers in Fargo, Cass

You don’t have to watch an old Western movie to see back-stabbing, claim-jumping, land-grabbing, back-shooting, bottom-of-the-deck-dealing politicians stealing what they want.

Just watch the city of Fargo; they lost a bid to annex land from Horace and then West Fargo, so now they are going after 50,000 acres of prime farmland and the homes south of Fargo so they can build on land that floods.

Now the local back-stabbing double-dealers have a ring dike going around not only the city of Oxbow but Hickson and the Bakke Addition, against our wishes. Fargo is buying out million-dollar homes in Fargo that flood, but they will not buy our homes in Hickson and the Bakke Addition that do not flood until they put 10 feet of water over us.

Cass County and Fargo will use taxpayer money to bail out Oxbow’s money-losing private country club, build a new clubhouse and swimming pool, new golf course holes and provide expansion land to boot. It sounds like good ol’ boy bottom-of- the-deck dealing to get the Oxbow/Hickson/Bakke thorn out of their political backsides.

Property owners in Hickson and the Bakke Addition have voted: We do not want a 10- to 15-foot ring dike around us that is supposed to magically restore our property values. That is good old North Dakota horse manure peddled by “our friends,” the Diversion Authority. Buy us out if you want to steal our land.

It’s sodbuster farmers versus the big money ranchers (Fargo) meeting at the Fargo Barbwire Dam. Instead of a shoot-out, we will be paying lawyers to meet at high noon. Let’s hope true North Dakota justice prevails because this is not the North Dakota we grew up in.

Waltz and Lingen live in the Bakke Addition, Hickson, N.D.