- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority is appealing a judge’s order to stop construction on a levee south of Fargo until an environmental review is completed.

U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of Minnesota issued the order last week after opponents of a Red River diversion argued that the dike should not be built until the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources completes its study.

A notice of appeal was filed Tuesday.

A group representing about 20 cities and townships in North Dakota and Minnesota filed a lawsuit in August 2013 against the diversion and added a motion to stop construction of the dike meant to protect structures in Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke.

Those three North Dakota communities are located upstream in an area that would be intentionally flooded in times of high water.

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