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Deadline set for choosing Red River Valley flood plan

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FARGO -- Local officials received a "drop-dead" deadline Tuesday of summer 2010 for picking a permanent flood protection option.

But as the timetable for decision-making undergoes refinement, the most popular option so far - a diversion on the North Dakota side of the Red River - remains too expensive for federal funding.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has said in the past that the picture may yet change, and that possibility was stressed again on Tuesday.

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