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Family feud: Cousins take opposite sides on diversion plan

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) - A public meeting meant to discuss environmental impacts of a revised Red River diversion channel around the flood-prone Fargo-Moorhead area may have been the last chance for opponents to publicly air their grievances. And in one case it put cousins on opposite sides.

The project has been on hold because it has not received a permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. However, DNR officials have given favorable reviews to changes made in a so-called Plan B option.

A public forum was held Thursday in Moorhead to discuss the changes. One speaker, Leroy Richard, of Horace, called the project a "bad dream" for upstream residents whose land would be flooded in times of high water.

Shortly thereafter, Richard's cousin, Mark Vanyo of Moorhead, stood up to support the diversion.

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