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Four gravestones are under water in the Churchs Ferry cemetery as Karen Hausmann, left, and Doris Michaels try to read the inscriptions. Grand Forks Herald photo by Eric Hylden

BURIED BY WATER: Devils Lake swallows cemeteries, tradition

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CHURCHS FERRY, N.D. -- For the past 25 years, Sylvia Helgeseth has placed flowers at the gravesite of her first husband - and for many years before that at the plots of other relatives -- at Antiochia Cemetery south of here for Memorial Day.


That tradition is ending this weekend. Flooding has drowned or washed out roads - and all access to this and dozens of other community cemeteries throughout the Devils Lake Basin.

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