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MOORHEAD - Fargo's flood fight largely wrapped up Thursday, and Moorhead officials hope final sandbags will be placed today as the Red River swells toward an expected crest of between 39 and 40 feet sometime on Sunday. The National Weather Service on Thursday narrowed the projected crest range for the Red River at Fargo-Moorhead to 39 to 40 feet, down from 39 to 41 feet. Barring heavy rain today or early Saturday, the crest is still likely to be 39.5 feet, said weather service spokesman Greg Gust. He said up to 1½ inches of precipitation is likely late Saturday or Sunday, which will take ti
MOORHEAD - Bruce Markey worked Tuesday to build a sandbag dike to protect the Moorhead home of his mother-in-law, Gert Anderson.
Moorhead Police Chief David Ebinger and his wife, Lynne, were driving to Arkansas the weekend before Thanksgiving to visit relatives when their four-wheel-drive pickup hit a patch of icy fog as they turned off Interstate 29 for a rest area.
FARGO - Christopher Dewey, a deputy with the Mahnomen County (Minn.) Sheriff's Department who was wounded in the line of duty almost 18 months ago, died this morning, according to the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Doug Krier is expected to issue an official statement later today. Dewey had been in hospice care in recent weeks and family and friends were doing what they could to make his final days comfortable, according to a recent posting on the CaringBridge Web site set up for Dewey. Dewey was shot Feb.
Whitey Bommersbach was driving to work about 6 a.m. Thursday when he noticed a flash of light off to the side of Highway 11 in rural Sargent County, N.D. "I just happened to look out in the countryside, and I saw a light out in the water and the cattails," said Bommersbach, a county highway worker. He stopped his pickup and shouted toward a flooded marsh area to see if someone needed help. "I hollered and hollered. Pretty soon, I heard something," Bommersbach said. "A hunter had gotten disoriented, or something.
A wet cycle in the Red River Valley that began in the early 1940s is showing no signs of abating and flood protection measures remain warranted for the Fargo-Moorhead area, a panel of climate experts has concluded. The panel, which was organized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, stated in a report released this week that it is not possible to predict when the area may start to experience drier conditions. The current wet trend remains strong enough to support ongoing study of flood protection options, said Pat Foley chief hydrologist for the corps' St.
Prosecutors in Richland County, N.D., will review investigative reports before deciding whether charges will be filed against a truck driver involved in a Tuesday crash that killed Annie Gjesdal, 18, of Wahpeton. The truck driver, identified by the North Dakota Highway Patrol as Cathleen Mary Dean, 52, of Barney, N.D., has at least five convictions for driving after suspension of her license and a 1995 conviction in Clay County District Court for DWI. Dean's current driver's license is valid, according to Ron McBeth, an assistant Richland County state's attorney. McBeth said he checked into
Joyce Norcross lost a brother and two nieces in a Fourth of July crash that also left a fourth person dead and injured three others. On Monday, Norcross and relatives were making plans for funerals Thursday and bracing for when they would view the remains of their loved ones, which they hadn't yet seen because the bodies had been sent to the Twin Cities for autopsies. "It's very devastating for all of us," said Norcross, whose brother, Gregory Norcross, 45, of Ponsford, Minn., was among those who died Saturday. The others were Kayla Norcross, 24, Charlene Norcross, 22, and Scott Adams, 28,
FARGO - A permanent dike at Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo has been breached, allowing water from the flooding Red River to pour into two of the school's buildings and force an evacuation of a support group monitoring the school's flood situation. Bruce Messelt, president of Oak Grove, said water began pouring into the lower level of Benson Hall and eventually reached the Scheels Center for the Performing Arts. He said the full extent of the flooding was not known as of early Sunday, but he said up to four of the five buildings on campus were at risk for water damage. "Obviously, we're
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