Newly appointed associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court David Lillehaug says he has throat cancer.
Public officials in North Dakota and Minnesota say a combination of levees, floodwalls, and a diversion channel is the only way to protect Fargo-Moorhead from a 500-year flood. Both cities have constructed levees and floodwalls, but the estimated $1.8 billion diversion project needs Congressional approval. When approved and funded, construction would take about 10 years. Below is a proposed route of the diversion.
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.
Even though the 2013 Red River flood is not as severe as the National Weather Service initially forecasted, it still made for dramatic images.
A map stereotyping neighborhoods in Minneapolis was inspired by the work of Trent Gillaspie, a Denver-based comedian.
Residents in Fargo and Moorhead are building dikes to protect against a possible record flood. But the late spring melt is reducing the flood risk, say forecasters at the National Weather Service.
The city of Fargo closed roads near the Red River Monday and began building temporary levees to prepare for spring flooding.
The cities of Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn. have purchased and removed hundreds of flood-prone homes along the Red River since the record flood of 2009. As a result, the cities require fewer sandbags and less manpower when fighting floods now. The region is gearing up for another major flood this year.
Volunteers in Fargo, N.D., started filling sandbags Wednesday in preparation for flooding along the Red River expected later this month. The city will fill enough sandbags to be prepared for a record flood, but will need only about half the sandbags it used in 2009 because of permanent flood measures installed since then.
Kramarczuk's, an Eastern European deli and restaurant in northeast Minneapolis, has won a James Beard American Classic Award.
Timbuktu is back in Mali's hands, thanks to help from the French and other Western powers. It was ruled by Islamist militants since early last year. I made the trip to Mali, a land-locked country in West Africa, in January 2009 as part of a team working on a USDA-sponsored sustainable agriculture project.
Sugar beet farmers in the Red River Valley are busy harvesting a bumper crop this fall, the second harvest since American Crystal Sugar locked 1,300 union workers out of its five factories in a labor dispute.
A wildfire destroyed at least six structures as it skirted the small city of about 700 people near the Canadian border. The local nursing home, school, assisted living center and a group home, all in the southern portion of the city, were evacuated.
Ice fishing and beer drinking are two closely intertwined traditions in Minnesota's winter months. Two enterprising business people in northwestern Minnesota figured out a novel way to capitalize on both.
Photos of the burn area in the Boundary Waters before the Pagami Creek fire started.