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After hopeful year, Devils Lake Basin again feels the stress of rising water

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CANDO -- John Elsperger slowly drove along a gravel road between his farmstead and his home farm where he grew up, surveying what was productive farmland just three years ago.

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"This was going to be soybeans," he said, gazing at the shallow lake that formed in the past month. "We worked up that field last fall. It was ready to seed in May. We were optimistic, really optimistic."

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