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Rising water, rising stress

Bad market deepens crisis for Dakota farmers in flooding basins

Business is booming at the Needs Anonymous store in Webster, S.D., the seat of Day County. And that's bad economic news.

More and more residents are turning to the thrift store and emergency food pantry because steadily rising water is devastating the region's agricultural economy.

Since 1993, Waubay Lake and other lakes have risen by several feet every year, submerging some 300,000 acres of farmland and making many more fields too wet to cultivate. Shrinking acreage means smaller farm income.



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