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Impoundments such as the Brandt-Angus impoundment in northwest Minnesota were built for flood control, but they're providing a secondary benefit as birdwatching destinations. (Brad Dokken photo)

Northwest Minnesota watershed district taps into tourism potential of flood control impoundments

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By Brad Dokken / Grand Forks Herald

WARREN, Minn. — Danny Omdahl knew nothing of buffleheads or pelican nests until the local watershed district built a series of five impoundments to manage the floodwaters that sometimes ravaged this tabletop-flat area of northwest Minnesota.

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“I’d never seen a bufflehead — I never knew they existed,” Omdahl, of Warren, said of the small diver duck species.

He does now.

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