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Southwest Minn. native Bertschi works dirty job of keeping Red River at bay in Fargo


FARGO - Red River gumbo clay is some of the best dirt imaginable to use as material for emergency flood levees. But it has an unfortunate tendency to crack.

"Any time anybody sees a crack in a levee, it's a little bit alarming," Tim Bertschi said Thursday afternoon on a tour of levee inspections.

Bertschi talked as he drove along an emergency levee along Second Street near City Hall that dwarfed his sport utility vehicle.

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Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to