Obama declares emergency, evacuations begin With evacuations ordered in parts of Fargo and Moorhead, Pres. Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration Thursday night declaring Minn. a disaster area. This comes after the National Weather Service issued a forecast that the crest for the area would reach 41 to 43 feet this weekend.3:50 p.m.
Art Hounds: Week of March 26 Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend.4:44 p.m.
Fargo hospital system prepares for flood injuries
MPR's Tom Crann talks to Bruce Pitts, Executive Vice President of MeritCare Health System - which operates hospitals and clinics in the Fargo-Moorhead area.4:50 p.m.
Fargo emergency flood plans The City of Fargo has prepared the following contingency evacuation plan for residents who live within the secondary dike system. Residents will be notified via sirens, CodeRED and the Emergency Broadcast System if there is a levy breach and an evacuation is necessary.5:20 p.m.
Fighting the flood from afar The closest watch on the Red River might be kept in a windowless room in St. Paul, known as the state's Emergency Operations Center.5:50 p.m.
Pawlenty proposes state workers take unpaid leave Gov. Tim Pawlenty is proposing that state employees agree to take up to 48 days of unpaid leave over the next two years as a way to save money. Union officials say the plan for forced furloughs is unacceptable.5:54 p.m.
Video: The last-minute fight As a Code Red was issued this afternoon, signifying an evacuation is possible from Riverfront Circle, and the surrounding neighborhoods, the Morses and John Brummer were not giving up.6:20 p.m.
Preparing a business for the flood As residents and volunteers are working to protect houses and neighborhoods along the Red River. Businesses in Fargo and Moorhead are also dealing with rising waters.6:24 p.m.
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