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Photos: Fargo's 'Sandbag Central' volunteers reflect on flood fight

Certainties are few when it comes to springtime in the Red River Valley. While the rising Red River will make history for latest crest, the official crest forecast for the Red at Fargo-Moorhead is 34 feet -- quite a bit lower than previous forecasts which had prompted flood fighters to stockpile 1.7 million sandbags. More than 8,350 volunteers put in 43,971 hours over 16 days at Fargo's Sandbag Central to churn out those sandbags. Photographer Ann Arbor Miller asked volunteers working at Sandbag Central last week for their insight on flood season. Volunteers wrote their thoughts on an empty sandbag with a black marker.

Roger and DeAnna Cummings

Art Heroes photos: Roger and DeAnna Cummings at Juxtaposition Arts

Roger and DeAnna Cummings founded Juxtaposition Arts in 1995 and continue to teach and train young people in the arts while employing them as apprentices to work alongside professional artists. They were photographed outside the Juxtaposition Arts gallery space near West Broadway and Emerson avenues N. in Minneapolis Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2013.

Ice cream treat

Photos: First warm spring day brings people outdoors

It was a long wait, but Minnesotans were rewarded today with a sunny, warm day that actually felt like spring. And many took advantage of the chance to get outside and enjoy the weather. Our photographers captured some of those scenes.

Throwing sandbags

Photos: Fargo flood fighters stack sandbags ahead of Red River's rise

While the Red River is expected to crest just below 38 feet next week at Fargo-Moorhead, sandbag dikes are being constructed to protect to 40 feet.

Filling bags

Photos: Fargo's sand, clay and dirt flood walls

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 scene in Watertown, Mass.

Photos: Manhunt in Massachusetts for Boston Marathon bombing suspects

After a car chase and shootout with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early April 19, and a manhunt was underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men, reportedly of Chechen origin, are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded at least 170. The police captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday in Watertown, Mass.

April snow

Photos: Yet another spring snowstorm wallops Minn.

Nearly two feet of snow has fallen in the last 24 hours in northern Minnesota in a storm that has disrupted travel and closed schools. The storm also hit much of the rest of the state.

Boston marathon explosion

Photos: Boston Marathon rocked by explosions

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring at least 130 others in a terrifying scene of broken glass, smoke and severed limbs, authorities said.


MPR News photos of the week

Weather was the headline story this week, but we also had time for a visit with a master falconer and a sheep farm where lambing season is underway. All that and more in our photos of the week.


Photos: A falconer in Minnesota

Master falconer Frank Taylor, in his backyard with his red-tailed hawk Mim. Taylor and Mim and have been training and hunting together for the past eight years. Taylor is passionate about falconry, an activity that's been around for thousands of years.

Photos: April snowstorm slogs through Minn.

A mix of rain, sleet and snow fell over much of Minnesota Wednesday night and Thursday, bringing difficult conditions for driving, and even walking, in many parts of the state.

Downed trees

Photos: Ice storm knocks out power in SW Minn.

An ice storm has caused wide-spread power outages in southwest Minnesota. Transmission lines feeding power to the city of Worthington are down and the city has declared a state of emergency, giving officials the authority to coordinate relief efforts with state and federal agencies.