It is vital that the Fargo area, especially our district, have permanent flood protection. The growth of Fargo, District 45, and North Dakota depend on a viable, secure system of preventing the almost yearly flooding problems of the Red River and other waterways. I will work to secure state funding to help make this a reality. The state has a vested interest in our area and I will be a leader in ensuring that North Dakota meets its responsibility in this area. It is also important that our state face the flooding problems, which are in many locales, as a statewide situation, not just isolated problems. Devils Lake and other areas also need the State to step up.