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U.S. Geological Survey scientists gather water flow information for flood forecasts in a flooded area of Moorhead, in this file photo. Tribune file photo

Red River lawmakers not happy with public works bill


ST. PAUL -- Flood-weary Red River Valley residents should not be forced to worry about future flood-prevention funding, northwestern Minnesota representatives said Monday as they tried in vain to increase spending on permanent new dikes and other such measures.

The Minnesota House approved a public works funding bill with $12.7 million for flood-prevention measures, less than half of that in a Senate-passed measure.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.