Upper Midwest flooding

  • An early spring and a rapid snow melt forced communities in Minnesota and North Dakota to quicken their flood fighting efforts.

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Across the state, the end is in sight for a flood season that fell short of earlier, dire predictions.

North of Moorhead on County Road 26, DNR officers Gary Forsberg, left, and Phil Seefeldt will use an airboat to check on 100 homes isolated by flooding.

  • Farms now a no-wake zone

    Article By: BILL MCAULIFFE , Star Tribune Publish April 12, 2011 2:00 AM / Update April 11, 2011 9:35 PM

    Red River Valley overland flooding is expected to keep spreading downstream, isolating homesteads.

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High water’s getting really old

  • Red River becomes the Red Sea

    Article By: BILL MCAULIFFE , Star Tribune Publish April 11, 2011 2:00 AM / Update April 11, 2011 11:00 AM

    The Red has crested and will stay there a while, but months of preparation in the cities of Fargo and Moorhead were paying off.

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  • Flood relief for some, but not all

    Publish / Update April 10, 2011 9:46 AM

    The Red River's approaching crest brought a sense of relief to residents of Fargo and Moorhead Saturday, but residents downstream like Troy Hall of Gardner, N.D., find the land around them transformed into a vast flowing lake.

The Nora Lutheran Church near Gardner, 20 miles north of Fargo, is sur...

  • Fears ease as Red hits high

    Article By: BILL MCAULIFFE , Star Tribune Publish April 10, 2011 2:00 AM / Update April 11, 2011 11:04 AM

    Round-the-clock flood preparations paid off in Fargo-Moorhead, where the river appeared to be "running out of steam."

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Flooded park in Stillwater

MnDOT closed the Stillwater Lift Bridge Friday.

Molly Kirk, left, and Brook Riley take a break atop a pile of sandbags as they helped in flood preparations in their neighborhood for the rising waters of the Red River, Thursday, in Moorhead, Minn.

  • Ready, waiting for the Red

    Article By: BILL MCAULIFFE , Star Tribune Publish April 8, 2011 2:00 AM / Update April 7, 2011 10:01 PM

    Region is armed with sandbags -- and an appreciation for the unusual geology of a river that seems designed to flood.

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Stillwater Lift Bridge

Roaring river

Filling sandbags in Moorhead.

Flooding on the St. Croix River at Stillwater

Hwy. 101

Minnesota River crossing in Chaska.

Hastings parking lot

  • River crests, but what happens next?

    Article By: BILL MCAULIFFE , Star Tribune Publish March 31, 2011 2:00 AM / Update March 31, 2011 9:06 AM

    River watchers aren't relaxing anytime soon. A storm predicted this weekend could alter the flood forecast, depending on whether it delivers rain or snow.

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Harriet Island

  • Flooding season, long version

    Article By: BILL MCAULIFFE , Star Tribune Publish March 30, 2011 2:00 AM / Update March 30, 2011 12:35 PM

    The peak is expected in St. Paul Wednesday, but delayed melt could bring another peak later.

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Flood check

Moving sand bags in Stillwater.

  • Blue skies, cold nights, slow waters

    Article By: BILL MCAULIFFE , Star Tribune Publish March 29, 2011 2:00 AM / Update March 28, 2011 9:04 PM

    Stillwater is getting by without a levee, and towns saw lower crests come and go earlier than expected. The pattern looks like it will hold for the next few days.

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Have too much water?

Mississippi River in Hastings

Billy Ruitz, owner of Drifters Bar and Grill

  • Taking the river in stride

    Article By: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune Publish March 27, 2011 2:00 AM / Update March 28, 2011 10:14 AM

    For some along the Mississippi River, the price of working or living with its majestic beauty comes due when the waters rise. A sense of humor comes in handy.

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Flood prep in St. Paul

Stacking sandbags north of St. Peter.

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