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A Minnesota Department of Transportation plow removes debris from a flooded portion of U.S. Highway 212 on the east side of Montevideo in April 2011. Work to raise the Highway 212 levee on the east side was completed last year as part of the second phase of a three-phase project the city is seeking funds to complete. Tribune file photo

Montevideo, Minn., flood work recognized nationally

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MONTEVIDEO -- More than a decade of work by the city of Montevideo to reduce the risk of harm from flooding has brought national attention to the city.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has awarded the city of Montevideo the National 2013 James Lee Witt Local Award for Excellence in Floodplain Management, the city learned this week.

Greg Schwaegerl, public works director for the city, is expected to accept the award June 13 in Hartford, Conn.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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