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82-year-old Ernest Grotte of Finley uses a spade for balance as he crosses the Tolna Coulee before Monday's rally. Grotte, a retired farmer, said he came to the rally to support farmers in the Devils Lake basin who are being flooded out . Herald photo by Eric Hylden.

1.000 flooded farmers rally to reclaim land from flooded Devils Lake basin

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RURAL TOLNA, N.D. -- Ernest Grotte traveled 60 miles from his home Monday, shovel in tow, to walk through the marshy wetland of the Tolna Coulee and to turn over a spadeful or two of mud.

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