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Published September 07, 2011, 03:22 PM

ND Water Commission Ups Tolna Coulee Aid by $1M

(AP) — North Dakota's Water Commission has decided to spend an additional $1 million on a structure to control the flows of Devils Lake water through the Tolna Coulee.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — North Dakota's Water Commission has decided to spend an additional $1 million on a structure to control the flows of Devils Lake water through the Tolna Coulee.

The commission had already voted to spend $3 million on the project, but its costs have risen. The commission voted Wednesday to approve the additional money.

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 ease flooding worries downstream.

The Devils Lake City Commission voted earlier to reject a state proposal to buy city land needed to build the structure.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the land will be taken through eminent domain. He says the commission's refusal to sell won't delay the project.

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