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Preparing for Higher Water

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The water's rise has one rancher bracing for a possible flood.

Gary Brode went to the first farm south of Lake Darling to find out how the increasing water flow is impacting spring work.

With each passing day the concern for possible flooding grows.

For some, the fear of potential flooding has led to preparations.

Such is the case for Darwyn Kleven whose cattle ranch begins only a few feet away from the Mouse River.

(Darwyn Kleven, Rancher) "If we get some real warm weather these coolies and stuff up here are going to run. We've had water running over the road here before, hopefully that don't happen."

While the majority of us were sleeping at one A.M. Darwyn's work day started.

The process of moving 300 cows and 160 calves can be an arduous one, but in order to insure the safety of his cattle, a job that needs to be done.

(Darwyn Kleven, Rancher) "My calving pens are down below, my barns are down below. I need those buildings. Two years ago when we had the flood, we moved everything up above and we just had lots of trouble."

A 30 year rancher, Kleven is no stranger when it comes to risks to his farm and cattle, but the effects of the 2011 flood remains in the front of his mind.

(Darwyn Kleven, Rancher) "We've had high water before but it was never a concern. We would have the bridge back up with ice and we would have ten inches of water in our calving barn and that was it. It would go down in a day or so and we would be set.

For now, this owner of 900 acres will have to play the waiting game and hope for the best.

In Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.

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