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.
The National Weather Service is increasing the flood risk along the Red River because of the delayed spring melt, and nearly double the normal precipitation in the southern Red River Valley in recent weeks.
Minnesota Power is holding public meetings over the next two weeks in northern Minnesota to talk about a proposed 500 kilovolt Great Northern Transmission Line that would run from the northwest corner of the state, to Hermantown.
Locked-out American Crystal Sugar union members are headed back to work after the union voted over the weekend to accept the company's contract offer. Union members, who have been locked out at five factories in the Red River Valley since August 2011, expect a bumpy return to their old jobs.
Locked-out union employees at American Crystal Sugar will be going back to work after approving the company's contract offer on Saturday.
The Minnesota Agriculture Department is encouraging use of a new mapping system to protect organic crops from pesticide drift.
Tribal governments can now directly request a disaster declaration from the president. In the past, tribes needed to make a disaster request through a state governor, the same process counties follow.
Spring brings new life to the landscape. The birth of a new crop of lambs is a yearly ritual at this small Minnesota farm.
The National Weather Service is using flood prediction models to help prevent pollution year-round.
The small Minnesota town of St. Bonifacius is restricting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.
Sandbags were being filled Wednesday morning in Fargo in preparation for flooding later this month when the Red River is expected to spill out of its banks.
The number of flood insurance policies in the Fargo area dropped by 40 percent in the past year, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials say.