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Farmer says he's "never seen so much water" near Luverne

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Back in 1993, Tor Boen thought he'd seen the worst flooding.

"This has been by far the most water we've seen here," said Boen.

220 acres of Boen's corn are underwater.

"I see what used to be cropland. It still is. We're hoping the water goes down fairly soon and that we'll be able to salvage a fair amount of the crop. If that's not the case, we've got contingency plans and we're insured through federal crop insurance programs, so we'll be ok," said Boen.

The rain started last Saturday in southwestern Minnesota.

Boen, his family, and friends started moving farm equipment and possessions to higher ground.

"The water is flowing at a pretty rapid rate. You wouldn't want to be out there I wouldn't think," said Boen as he looked over his land.

With a clear head, he knows what it means to be a farmer.

"Farming today involves a tremendous amount of risk management. If you're not involved in being proactive and insuring yourselves against things like this... You've got to take advantage of the tools that are out there to protect yourselves against the risk you face," said Boen.

It is that realistic approach that helps him know that there will be brighter days.

"We can't not be optimistic. God has provided for us and he'll continue to do so as we go forward from this."

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