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Gov. Dayton to hold railway safety and flood diversion meetings in Moorhead

He’s been a regular visitor to the State Fair in pre-election mode, but on Sept. 2 and 3 he’ll hold meetings in Moorhead.

Gov. Mark Dayton, who’s been a regular visitor to the State Fair — conducting interviews and meeting voters but not debating GOP challenger Jeff Johnson —  will head to Moorhead the day after the fair ends.

There he’ll hold meetings on railway safety, which he supports, and a planned flood diversion plan, which he opposes in its current state.

The first meeting is a roundtable discussion of railway safety and grain shipment delays is Tuesday, 3 p.m. at Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Cornstock Memorial Union.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, he’ll be at the Wilkin County Courthouse in Breckenridge for a public forum on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.

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Wednesday, 9 a.m., there’s a second public hearing on the flood diversion project in the Moorhead City Council Chambers.

Earlier this seek, the governor asked federal officials to delay the $1.9 billion project, designed to ease flooding problems on the Red River, until Minnesota can complete an environmental impact statement.

But the head of the project called Dayton’s intervention letter “perplexing at best,” and said he doesn’t expect Dayton’s intervention to stop the work, according to an MPR story.