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Rice Lake in northern ND floods 4th straight year

MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- Property owners around Rice Lake in north central North Dakota are once again battling flood waters.

Rice Lake Board Chairman Steve Zaun says the lake has risen 12 inches in 12 days. It's the fourth straight year of flooding on the lake southwest of Minot, where 167 people own property and 36 of them live there year-round.

The board is awaiting a judge's decision in a lawsuit over easements from landowners to make way for a $6 million pipeline to drain the lake. In the meantime, the Rice Lake Recreation Service District is pumping excess water onto county-owned land.