Flood

Bill Would Allows Loans Out Of Legacy Fund For Roads And Bridges

Two Republican Minot Lawmakers Proposed The Legislation

BISMARCK, N.D. — Part of North Dakota’s oil tax savings account could be used to make low-interest loans to communities facing big and expensive infrastructure projects. Backers of the Republican drafted legislation want to use up to 15 percent of the Legacy Fund’s principal every two years for projects such as flood protection and water systems. Two Minot lawmakers are…

Climate Expert Says Low Chance of Major Flood in Fargo

The region has experienced lower–than–average precipitation over the past few years

FARGO, N.D. — Spring flood season is just around the corner and climate experts are issuing a new round of outlooks. According to North Dakota State Climatologist Adnan Akuyz, the region has experienced lower–than–average precipitation over the past few seasons. This makes the soil more able to soak in moisture from melting snow. Experts say that even with the current…

Flood Diversion Task Force Releases Report on Construction Recommendations

The future of the greater Fargo–Moorhead area has been in question since the destructive flood of 1997

FARGO, ND — The Flood Diversion Task Force has released its recommendations, but does that mean construction will continue for the Red River diversion project? The future of the greater Fargo–Moorhead area has been in question since the destructive flood of 1997. But now, those fears may come to an end with new protections. “It gives people an opportunity to…

Microtel Inn & Suites Left with Big Mess After Pipe Bursts

When crews arrived water was flowing through the lobby of the hotel

WEST FARGO, N.D. — A big mess to cleanup in the lobby of Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham in West Fargo. Fire crews were called out around 5 o’clock after water flooded the lobby. A sprinkler head near the front entrance froze up and that caused a pipe in the ceiling to freeze and burst. When crews arrived water…

Sen. John Hoeven Praises Governors Dayton, Burgum on FM Diversion Task Force

The recommendations of the task force will be forwarded to the FM Diversion Authority

FARGO, ND — Senator John Hoeven is praising the work of Governors Doug Burgum and Mark Dayton on the FM Diversion Task Force. They recommended changes to the project to get the necessary permits from Minnesota for the work to continue. The senator spoke with both the Commander of the Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

FM Diversion Task Force Meets for Final Time, Says They’re Making Progress

They include sending more water through the river channel and moving a holding area closer to town

FARGO, ND — The Diversion Task Force met for the fifth and final time and made progress towards a solution for permanent flood protection in the metro. The task force is recommending large-scale changes to the Red River diversion project around Fargo-Moorhead. They include sending more water through the river channel and moving a holding area closer to town. The…

A Community in Mourning: Three Children Left Behind After Apparent Murder-Suicide in Fergus Falls

sarah and ryan cheshire left behind three children

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The Fergus Falls community is in mourning after the apparent murder-suicide of attorneys Ryan and Sarah Cheshire, a recently divorced couple. Three children have been left without their parents. People in Fergus Falls say there’s been a change in the atmosphere since Wednesday night. “Like a major cloud came over the town. It’s extremely sad, unexpected, shocking,”…

Flood Diversion Task Force Meets For The First Time

When establishing the task force, the governors and their staff created a set of rules with hopes of having a resolution by December 15th

FARGO, ND — The new Flood Diversion task force met for the first time at the Fargodome to discuss their ideas and concerns with the project. Although no decisions were made, Governor Burgum and Governor Dayton say it was crucial to start in the right direction. Sixteen people with different flood experiences have been chosen to create a solution for…

New Mississippi Valley Division Commander Meets with Gov. Burgum, Sen. Hoeven Over Flood Diversion Efforts

Major General Kaiser says the most important thing that came out of today's meeting is hearing about both Minnesota and North Dakota working together toward a common goal

FARGO, ND — The F–M Flood Diversion project has caused controversy for years but now Governor Dayton and Governor Burgum are working together for permanent flood protection. “The engineers are confident they can solve it,” said Gov. Burgum. “It’ll take some engineering skills, it’s going to take some political skill, it’s going to take some give and collaboration for us…

Gov. Dayton, Gov. Burgum Working to Find Compromise on F-M Diversion Project

Governors Dayton and Burgum will co–lead the 16–member working group which will consist of eight members from each state

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The F-M Flood Diversion project has caused controversy in the Red River Valley for years and Governor Dayton and Governor Burgum seem to be on opposite sides when it comes to flood protection. But it doesn’t mean they don’t want to work together to come up with a solution. “Failure’s not an option,” said Gov. Mark Dayton. That…