Guarded optimism on the Wild Rice

Posted at 11:47 AM on April 8, 2011 by Paul Tosto

Mara Solberg's been watching uneasily as the Wild Rice River swells toward her home in Horace, N.D., south of Fargo. We've been watching, too.


She and her husband Warren are staying at their house as the Wild Rice rises. In emails and phone conversations over the past week she's been helping us tell a story about life in the 2011 flood.

They aren't out of the water yet. Check out the photos Mara sent us this morning of their farm. Still, there's guarded optimism today. One of the two roads leading to their home is still passable using the tractor. The weather forecast is in their favor.

"I need to bale water out from inside the dike because there is a leak somewhere, but otherwise everything is going as good as can be expected," she wrote.




Things are looking much better for the Wild Rice. At Abercrombie, upstream from the Solbergs, the forecast shows a significant dropoff coming in river levels.


So there's hope that the 2011 flood will pass Mara and Warren with relatively little pain.

Sadly, Mara heard the news on the radio about the two hunters from Buffalo N.D., who were missing and whose bodies were found by the flooded Maple River. "I am from Buffalo, so I am waiting to hear names," she wrote. "I am sure I will know them."

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