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Flood dampens North Dakota's economic success

Published 04/01/2009, AP Business Writer

North Dakota has largely escaped the recession, enjoying slow but steady growth and even a budget surplus. But as the floodwaters begin to recede, the swollen Red River still threatens to wash away some of that prosperity. One economist predicts the economic disruption will probably exceed $100 million in lost sales, missed pay for workers and crop-planting delays. And that figure could grow as the flood threat lingers.

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