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Editorial: Good luck to all in the Red River Valley area in flood battle 2009

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An old and familiar spring foe -- the cold rising water of the Red River of the North -- has returned to Minnesota and North Dakota.

The Red River is still rising this morning. The National Weather Service says the river will likely crest Saturday in Fargo-Moorhead at a record-setting 41 feet, with the crest expected to last two to three days.

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Our citizens of the Minnesota River Valley and west central Minnesota understand the challenges and hardships facing Fargo and Moorhead today and in the coming days.

More than 5,000 citizens from Fargo-Moorhead and the around the Midwest flocked to the area to help with sandbagging efforts in this battle against what could be record flooding. Thank you to all who volunteered.

Duininck Bros. drivers and trucks have been working in shifts 24-hours-a-day since Monday on dike building duty in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Buses and cars of volunteers from west central Minnesota have traveled to the twin communities in recent days to help.

This flood fight in the Fargo-Moorhead area is not over. It will likely run on into next week and then for weeks to come into the spring as the cleanup begins and progresses.

The fight will also move northward along both sides of the rising Red River. Grand Forks and East Grand Forks are anxiously awaiting their flood fight of 2009.

To all the people of the Red River Valley, our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you.

West central Minnesota wishes you all the best of luck!

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