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FLOODING

Rivers across the region were expected to crest on Friday and throughout the weekend, while a risk of more dangerous flash flooding remained possible again throughout the day, the weather service said.
After peaking at a record high level in mid-June, the water has dropped nearly 2 feet. The National Weather Service predicts the lake will drop by nearly another foot by Friday, July 15.
St. Louis County's flood response is moving into “recovery mode."
Funding from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources will help an improvement project for a small dam known as the Custer 10 Grade Stabilization in Lyon County.

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With the potential for more heavy rain Friday night, the mayor said emergency personnel were in the process of recommending others in the city to consider leaving their at-risk homes. The sheriff’s office also advised those who’ve left their homes to avoid returning to them until it is safe to do so, and the public was also asked to stay away from the Randall area so emergency personnel could do their jobs effectively.
Earlier this month the flooding broke the lake's all-time record set in 1950, and it's only come down a few inches since.
An editorial cartoon by Steven Benson.
From the editorial: "In a part of the Northland and Minnesota far off on its own and often forgotten — and that has seen, and survived, more than its share of difficulties and pitfalls — historic flooding can be overcome, too."
It’s a mess, the result of a late snowmelt after a winter of heavy snow in the border country and record or near-record precipitation the past two months across the watershed.
Flooding near Oslo, Minnesota, has destroyed agricultural land, washed out their township roads and caused thousands of dollars of damage to a railroad line that carries cars filled with wheat to the West Coast and southern United States.

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The Rainy River watershed is overflowing from Lake Vermilion to Lake of the Woods, with flood records possible.
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West central Minnesota was pounded by rain during intense thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday, leading to flooded streets, basements, fields and parks.

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