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Published June 23, 2013, 12:00 AM

GALLERY: Devils Lake, N.D., flooding


Dale Overton sits in the log home he built four years ago to replace the two-story, four-bedroom house in which he grew up on the home farm south of Cando, N.D. The old house, built in 1901, was lost to groundwater that damaged the foundation and basement. While he lives in town, he's trying to keep the old farmstead viable in spite of the return of near-record Devils Lake flood levels. Photo by Jenna Watson/Grand Forks Herald

  • Dale Overton sits in the log home he built four years ago to replace the two-story, four-bedroom house in which he grew up on the home farm south of Cando, N.D. The old house, built in 1901, was lost to groundwater that damaged the foundation and basement. While he lives in town, he's trying to keep the old farmstead viable in spite of the return of near-record Devils Lake flood levels. Photo by Jenna Watson/Grand Forks Herald
  • Bales of flax straw line a stretch of flooded farmland owned by John Elsperger, rural Cando, N.D. After a one-year respite in which he reclaimed the land and made plans to seed this spring, 7.5 inches of rain since mid-May have washed away any hope of farming the land again anytime soon. Photo by Jenna Watson/Grand Forks Herald
  • Floodwaters creep ever-closer to the home farm of John Elsperger, rural Cando, where his son, Johnny, now lives. Lake water once was 15 miles from the farm. Today, the floodwaters threaten from three sides -- north, south and east -- of the farm. They expect to plant only 1,300 to 1,400 of their 3,000 acres. Photo by Jenna Watson/Grand Forks Herald
  • Mike Bretz (right) and his son, Sam, 12, of Hoxie, Kan., return from a successful morning fishing trip in a farm field east of U.S. Highway 281 between Churchs Ferry and Cando, N.D. This stretch of land hasn't been farmed since 2009 or 2010. The field that once yielded wheat and soybeans, how offers a harvest of walleyes and northerns, serving up two full stringers one recent morning to Bretz, his son and Troy Pederson, Cando, N.D. Photo by Jenna Watson/Grand Forks Herald
  • Electric poles lean due to soften land along a stretch of flooded farmland owned by John Elsperger Friday, June 14. The runoff waters from Devil's Lake have returned to a level that is unusable for farmers in surrounding areas. Just a few years ago, Elsperger was able to plant crops on on parts of his land that are now being used for fishing. Photo by Jenna Watson/Grand Forks Herald
  • Water stretches accross flooded farmland owned by John Elsperger Friday, June 14. The runoff waters from Devil's Lake have returned to a level that is unusable for farmers in surrounding areas. Just a few years ago, Elsperger was able to plant crops on on parts of his land that are now being used for fishing. Photo by Jenna Watson/Grand Forks Herald