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U.S. Senator Al Franken toured Montevideo and Granite Falls on Saturday after visits to a number of communities along the Red River. Franken, left, and Mayor Dave Smiglewski of Granite Falls view the waters of the Minnesota River pour over the Granite Falls dam. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Montevideo raising Highway 212 levee


MONTEVIDEO -- Work is under way this morning to raise a one-mile stretch of the levee on U.S. Highway 212 in Montevideo. Volunteers are also filling sandbags to have at the ready.

These and other advanced measures come in response to expectations that the Minnesota River will reach 19.9 feet in Montevideo this afternoon. The newly projected crest is more than a 1½ feet higher than what was projected last week, and it comes a day earlier than was expected.

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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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