The Minnesota Army National Guard showed off its new unmanned aircraft training facility at Camp Ripley today. The $4 million facility, the only one of its kind in the region, will improve training for National Guard soldiers who fly small drones to provide video surveillance.
The unmanned aircraft are small enough to fit in the trunk of a squad car, and let officers search areas from a different perspective while saving time and money, but privacy advocates worry they might also make it easy for police to spy on people.
The largest study of its kind ever done in Minnesota shows chemicals from household products, prescription drugs and illegal drugs are common in Minnesota lakes.
Residents of Fargo-Moorhead are cleaning up sandbags and removing temporary levees after the Red River's crest last week. As it turned out, most of that preparation wasn't needed for this year's flood. Both cities are now turning their attention back to building permanent levees and flood walls.
The Red River at Fargo crested today at a little more than 33 feet, about eight feet lower than what the National Weather Service forecast just two weeks ago. The NWS says it will review its forecasting process in the wake of the off-base prediction.
As the Red River in Fargo-Moorhead crests Wednesday at levels well-below what was forecast last week, local leaders are turning their attention to permanent flood protection.
The U.S. Geological Survey is significantly increasing its assessment of oil and gas reserves in the Williston basin of North Dakota.
The Red River will crest this week in Fargo and Moorhead, several feet lower than originally expected. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Dan Gunderson who was in our Moorhead bureau.
Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said after talks this morning with the National Weather Service, a Red River flood crest forecast of 37 to 38 feet is not a shot in the dark. That may signal another slight reduction in the crest estimates that have been dropping over the past week.
After a revised forecast, Fargo is downsizing efforts to fight. Red River flooding. The revision from the National Weather Service on Wednesday means fewer sandbags will be needed to prepare for a river crest expected late next week.
Conditions in the Red River Valley indicate the communities might be facing a reduced flood risk. The late spring melt could actually be improving the flood outlook.
Flood preparations will move into high gear this week in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Construction crews and volunteers will build emergency sandbag dikes and earthen levees as the communities prepare once again for a possible record Red River flood.
Some Minnesota lawmakers are still hoping to pass tougher gun laws this session, despite a defeat for gun control advocates earlier this week in Washington.
Fargo-area officials have mapped out plans for building clay levees and sandbag dikes to protect against what could be record flooding along the Red River and its tributaries.
The Red River of the North floods nearly every year, and residents who live nearby are used to it. But the trend in recent history is toward ever larger floods and ever higher record crests. If that continues, at some point there will be a Red River flood that Fargo-Moorhead cannot defend against.