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North Dakota Flood News and Info Aggregator Part 5
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 Cass County Flood Info Center, click here


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This is part V of the North Dakota flood news aggregator.  Click on these links for Part I (Tuesday), Part II (Wednesday), Part III (Thursday), Part IV (Friday), Part V (Saturday), Part VI (Sunday), Part VII (Monday) and Part VIII (Tuesday).  There are lots of photos and video on Parts I, II, III & IV.  I'm putting the NEWEST ENTRIES AT THE TOP.

50.  YouTube -- pazzerz1

49.  YouTube -- ChristopherWilkes (Fox News) -- Aerial footage

48.  YouTube -- Jennalee2

47.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Flood-crest prediction has gone high tech

46.  USA Today -- Fargo flood from above

45.  Picasaweb Photo Albums



44.  MNDaily.com -- Cities respond to river crest

43.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Fargo mayor:  In the eye of the storm

42.  Morris Sun Tribune (MN) -- Fargo, Moorhead go into watch mode

41.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Throughout the night, a family stands its ground against the Red

40.  Williston Herald (AP) --  Fargo gets good news with new flood forecast

39.  Williston Herald (AP) --  Receding ND river puts pressure on forecasters

38.  Williston Herald (AP) --  Volunteerism, determination rise up against flood

37.  Williston Herald (AP) --  Northern Command helps with Midwest flood response

36.  Williston Herald (AP) --  Along Red River, cruel choices for some

35.  YouTube Videos --



" target="_blank" title="GF Flood">Grand Forks Flood Marker

34.  Minnesota Public Radio -- MPR's coverage of the 2009 Red River floods (with video and pictures)

33.  Air Force Space Command -- Minot helo squadron continues flood support

32.  KansasCity.com -- [Missouri Gov. Jay] Nixon sending National Guard to flood-endangered North Dakota

31.  Associated Press -- Fargo cheers lowered flood forecast for Red River

30.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- River dropping, and forecasters say it may be cresting at lower level than predicted

29.  Fargo Forum -- BREAKING NEWS: Red might have crested; forecast calls for continued gradual decline

28.  Fargo Forum -- State reports deaths, injuries related to flooding, prevention

27.  MSNBC.com -- Red River crests below highest feared levels:  River tops out at 40.82 feet near Fargo, but battle against floods goes on

26.  National Weather Service -- the Red River has crested (see NWS graphic projection) (See, also, red banner across the top of MSNBC.com) (10:44 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2009)

25.  Grand Forks Herald -- Fargo's West Acres [mall] will be closed today

24.  Chicago Sun Times -- N. Dakota flood hits close to home

23.  NY Times [from Thursday] -- Heartbreaking Triage as Fargo Battles Floods

22.  Grand Forks Herald -- Flooded roads the exception, highways in decent shape again in region

21.  Post-Bulletin (Rochester, MN) -- Record crest expected Sunday in Fargo-Moorhead

20.  Press Association -- Flooding fears hit Dakota

19.  Associated Press -- FEMA head surveying Midwest flooding

18.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Residents will spend another agonizing day waiting for historic crest of the Red River

17.  CNN --  Obama: We're watching rising rivers (with photos and video)

16.  Fargo Forum -- FLOOD UPDATE: Bemidji Civil Air Patrol cadets help battle flooding in Fargo area

15,  Bismarck Tribune -- Bismarck gets evacuees; up to 10,000 possible

14.  Fargo Forum -- FLOOD UPDATE: Officials report a "quiet" night during flood fight

13.  Picasaweb -- Some photo collections from Fargo

Nathan Novacek

Glen G Engel


12.  DaveArntson.com (Photojournalist) -- I don't know him, but this guy, Dave Arntson, is a great photographer, and he's doing an amazing job of capturing Fargo's situation in photographs

11.  TwinCities.com -- Fargo waits as Red River is expected to crest Sunday (Photos here)

10.  Grand Forks Herald -- FLOOD FORECAST: Red in GF at 48.21 feet, in Fargo at 40.82 feet

9.  Fargo Forum -- Sandbaggers: Sweat and sacrifice

8.  Williston Herald (AP) -- Chilly temperatures slow rise of swollen Red River

7.  Williston Herald (AP) -- New water releases to help power, drinking water

6.  Williston Herald (AP) -- Fire, flood devastate town north of Fargo

5.  Williston Herald (AP) -- Linton residents start flood cleanup

4.  Williston Herald (AP) -- Richland County officials report flood rescues

3.  Xacerbated (YouTube) -- Too many volunteers?  (Really?)

2.  JennaLee02 (YouTube)

1.  WhiteHouse.gov -- President Obama discusses the North Dakota/Minnesota flooding in his weekly radio address:


Remarks of President Barack Obama

Weekly Address

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Washington, DC

Even as we face an economic crisis which demands our constant focus, forces of nature can also intervene in ways that create other crises to which we must respond – and respond urgently. For the people of North and South Dakota and Minnesota who live along rivers spilling over their banks, this is one such moment.

Rivers and streams throughout the region have flooded or are at risk of flooding. The cities of Fargo and neighboring Moorhead are vulnerable as the waters of the Red River have risen. Thousands of homes and businesses are threatened.

That is why, on Tuesday, I granted a major disaster declaration request for the State of North Dakota and ordered federal support into the region to help state and local officials respond to the flooding. This was followed by an emergency declaration for the State of Minnesota.  And we are also keeping close watch on the situation in South Dakota as it develops.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency continue to coordinate the federal response.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is helping to oversee federal efforts and she remains in close contact with state officials. Acting FEMA administrator Nancy Ward has been in the region since yesterday to meet with folks on the ground and survey the area herself.

In addition, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is assisting in the emergency construction of levees. The Coast Guard is aiding in search and rescue efforts while the Department of Defense is helping to move people and supplies. Members of the National Guard have been activated and are on the scene as well.

Hospitals and nursing homes in the area are being evacuated and residents in poor health or with special needs are being transported to higher ground. Teams from the Department of Health and Human Services are aiding in this work. And the Red Cross is in place to provide shelter and supplies for folks in need.

It is also important for residents in these states to remain vigilant in monitoring reports on flood crests and to follow instructions from their state and local leaders in the event that evacuations become necessary.

My administration is working closely with Governors John Hoeven, Mike Rounds and Tim Pawlenty. And I’ve been meeting with Senators Byron Dorgan, Kent Conrad, and Amy Klobuchar, as well as Congressmen Earl Pomeroy and Collin Peterson, to pledge my support. I will continue to monitor the situation carefully. We will do what must be done to help in concert with state and local agencies and non-profit organizations – and volunteers who are doing so much to aid the response effort. 

For at moments like these, we are reminded of the power of nature to disrupt lives and endanger communities. But we are also reminded of the power of individuals to make a difference.

In the Fargodome, thousands of people gathered not to watch a football game or a rodeo, but to fill sandbags. Volunteers filled 2.5 million of them in just five days, working against the clock, day and night, with tired arms and aching backs. Others braved freezing temperatures, gusting winds, and falling snow to build levees along the river’s banks to help protect against waters that have exceeded record levels.

College students have traveled by the busload from nearby campuses to lend a hand during their spring breaks. Students from local high schools asked if they could take time to participate. Young people have turned social networks into community networks, coordinating with one another online to figure out how best to help.

In the face of an incredible challenge, the people of these communities have rallied in support of one another. And their service isn’t just inspirational – it’s integral to our response.

It’s also a reminder of what we can achieve when Americans come together to serve their communities.  All across the nation, there are men, women and young people who have answered that call, and millions of other who would like to. Whether it’s helping to reduce the energy we use, cleaning up a neighborhood park, tutoring in a local school, or volunteering in countless other ways, individual citizens can make a big difference.


Click on these links for Part I (Tuesday), Part II (Wednesday), Part III (Thursday), Part IV (Friday), Part V (Saturday), Part VI (Sunday), Part VII (Monday) and Part VIII (Tuesday). 

North Dakota Flood News and Info Aggregator Part 4
Written by Staff   

This is part IV of the North Dakota flood news aggregator.  Click on these links for Part I (Tuesday), Part II (Wednesday), Part III (Thursday), Part IV (Friday), Part V (Saturday), Part VI (Sunday), Part VII (Monday) and Part VIII (Tuesday).  There are lots of photos and video on Parts I, II, III, V and VI.  I'm going to see if I can have the NEWEST ENTRIES AT THE TOP.

Cass County Flood Info Center, click here  *  City of Fargo Flood Info, click here 

Support the Fargo Red Cross

152.  Associated Press -- Red River crest in Fargo now expected for Sunday

151.  PostBulletin -- Flood fight intensifies as Red crest nears (video)

150.  DL-Online -- MnDOT advises no travel in Fargo-Moorhead area

149.  Grand Forks Herald -- Area river levels as of 9 p.m. Friday

148.  Grand Forks Herald -- Fargo city administrator keeps his cool under pressure

147.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Red River flooding: "We're just holding our breath."

146.  Washington Post -- Thousands flee Fargo as flood waters  Surge in N.D. (with video)

145.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- It was high time to head to higher ground

144.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- How you can help

143.  KEYC (Mankato, MN) -- Coast Guard makes rescues from flood waters

142.  Fox11 (Wisconsin) -- Red River Floods

141.  MN Daily -- Fargo polishes flood preparation, waits for crest

140.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Sodden Fargo-Moorhead evacuees have places to rest

139.  Land Line Magazine -- North Dakota, Minnesota suspend rules for truckers providing relief efforts

138.  Fargo Forum -- Fargo police announce reopening of roads

137.  Fargo Forum -- It's time to build a permanent dike

136.  Fargo Forum -- Deep admiration for flood fighters

135.  West Fargo Pioneer -- Rose Creek area prepares to evacuate

134.  St Cloud Times -- Homeland Security ready to help 30,000 flood evacuees

133.  KSJBam -- False Alarm Rattles Region [This story relates to the inaccurate information contained in an Emergency Announcement broadcast around the Fargo area in which it was suggested that there had been a call for a voluntary evacuation of Fargo.  Various media outlets are calling for an investigation.]

132.  Fargo Forum -- 58 teams patrolling dikes every two hours

131.  Fargo Forum -- Napolitano: If worst happens, help is on the way

130.  SurvivingTimes.com -- North Dakota: Floodwaters may cause thousands to flee homes, volunteers continue to enforce dikes

129.  UND -- Flood News

128.   InfoRadio -- Why Fargo, North Dakota is importan [?]

127.  Pensito Review -- It's like Katrina Except with White People

126.  EarthTimes.com -- Medica offers assistance to individuals/communities impacted by flood, makes contingency plans for Fargo hospitals and providers

125.  Fargo Forum -- Walaker gets phone call from Obama

124.  Minnesota Independent -- Homeland Security Secretary says feds are prepared for Red River flooding

123.  White House Press Briefing -- 

[L]et me give you just a quick rundown on the situation in North Dakota and in Minnesota.  The White House is actively monitoring the impacts of the flooding in North Dakota and Minnesota.  As you know, the President approved a major disaster declaration for the state of North Dakota on March 24th, and last night the President approved an emergency declaration for the state of Minnesota.

On the ground, the federal government continues to actively coordinate with state and local governments in both states to address the ongoing flood fight.  This effort has been underway since late last week.  FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Coast Guard, the National Guard, and other federal agencies, as well as the American Red Cross, have been -- continue the actively work with these officials to ensure their needs are being met.

Federal support is being provided up and down the Red River.  Nancy Ward, the Acting FEMA Administrator, is on the ground currently in Fargo, and directly talking with federal, state and local officials to ensure that federal assistance is provided to support the response to the flooding.  The President this morning talked with Governor Hoeven, Governor Pawlenty, and Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker today to discuss his concern for the residents of North Dakota and Minnesota, and to ensure that the states are getting the federal assistance they need to supplement any state and local efforts.  Secretary Napolitano has been in contact with state and local officials to express her support, and she also briefed the President this morning on the latest developments.

This is important -- we cannot reinforce enough the importance for residents in both states remain vigilant in monitoring the reports of flood crests and to follow the instructions from their state and local leaders in the event that evacuations in their local areas become necessary.

And again, the President continues to be impressed with ongoing efforts of thousands of volunteers as they continue to work to protect their community.

Press Release (TalkingPointsMemo has a transcript of the entire press conference.  Click here.)

122.  Jamestown Sun -- Top job in Fargo:  Dike patrol

121.  Dickinson Press -- Interstate detours in place around Fargo

120.  TEEX.com -- TX-TF1 personnel requested by FEMA to aid in North Dakota flooding

119.  Catholic News Service -- Community reaches out in full force in response to flood, priest says

118.  Fargo Forum -- Forum newspaper offering everyone free electronic replica in light of subscribers who've been evacuated

117.  Fargo Forum -- Red's rise slows considerably after breaking record

116.  MyFoxTwinCities.com -- Hennepin County Sheriffs to flood zone

115.  Radio Iowa -- More Iowa Red Cross volunteers heading to Fargo

114.  Dickinson Press -- ND Gov waives "blue law" for flood supplies

113.  Fargo Forum -- House fire reported in flooded Oakport Township

112.  KSTP -- The flooding worsens at Fargo

111.  Fargo Forum -- FLOOD UPDATE:  Forum creates social networking site for those affected by flood [... but story doesn't tell you where to find it.  I'll post a link as soon as I find it.]

110.  Fargo Forum -- FLOOD UPDATE:  crest forecast remains 41 to 42 feet Saturday, with 43 feet possible

109.  TwinCities.com -- Flood news via social media

108.   CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS IN BISMARCK/MANDAN -- Volunteer Need: the U of Mary is preparing for 750 of Fargo's non-ambulatory nursing-home residents to be brought to the Field house at U of Mary. They would like volunteers ASAP to help with set up of the cots and resources. Especially health care workers, but not only those. Meet at the coffee shop/food center, "Chick's Place" in the Athletic Center. Between the Athletic Center and the Science Center. Pass on!

107.   LA Times -- Fargo makes a last push before flood crests

106.  Editor & Publisher -- Fargo Paper Goes 24 Hours on Web to Cover Flooding

105.  Press conference call with Secretary Janet Napolitano.  Napolitano says number one priority in the event of any possible evacuation should be your personal safety.  She also noted you should have an evacuation plan, with a plan for where and when you will reunite with your family.  She also noted that President Obama is not currently anticipating coming to North Dakota or Minnesota.  She said it would divert too many resources that are needed for the flood fight effort.  She also noted the President is watching the situation very closely.  She has briefed him once on the matter today, and will do so again.  I've got other notes from the call.  I just need to figure out whether any of it's worth posting on.  I'm sure some of the other media types will be writing about it soon enough.

104.  They sent me the sign in information for a 3:00 p.m. (CDT) conference call with Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, so I'm signed in for that right now, waiting for it to start.  Maybe they'll let me ask a question.  If you have a suggested question, post it in the comments.  But hurry. 

103.  Williston Herald (AP) -- Evacuated elderly Fargoans arrive in Bismarck  [Note:  I'm being told that "The Salvation Army person said they expect at least 1000 at the Civic Center. Once the Fargo folks arrive, the Salvation Army will serve food 24 hours per day and will need help doing so."]

102.  Williston Herald (AP) -- Eastbound I-94 closed from Jamestown to Fargo

101.   KFGO -- Live audio stream of Joel Heitkamp's radio show in Fargo, including various flood related press conferences, LIVE

100.   KMEG14.com (Pierre, SD) -- SD provides Fargo flood aid

99.  ArgusLeader -- More S.D. National Guard soldiers being sent to Fargo

98.  CBS (Youtube) -- Fargo flood forces evacuation

97.  Bloomberg -- Fargo flood waters break record, spur evacuations (Update1)

96.   KXMB.com -- One-third of Moorhead, Minn., asked to evacuate

95.   KXMB.com -- U-Mary [in Bismarck] to be taking care of 200 Fargo flood evacuees

94.   AccuWeather -- Dangerous, unusual problems in Dakotas flooding

93.   PRNewswire -- Red Cross redies shelters as flood waters threaten to top levees

92.   Jamestown Sun -- FEMA acting director in N.D. today to visit communities impacted by flooding

91.  Civil Air Patrol Aerial Pictures updated today (I couldn't get these to download.  I'm guessing someone is in the middle of uploading them as I post this.)

 Fargo -- 2009-03-27

 Missouri River -- Mar 27

 Missouri River -- 27 Mar 09

 Heart River -- 27 Mar 09

90.  Boston.com --  Red River Flooding (great photos)

89.  Grand Forks Herald -- National Weather Service:  52 feet still likely in GF

88.  ARRL.org -- North Dakota Hams help to head off river flooding

87.  CattleNetwork -- NDSUcan help you cope with flooding

86.  Dakota Voice -- Christian relief groups mobilize for North Dakota flooding

85.  NPICenter.com -- Nourish America requests donations to support North Dakota flood disaster victims and workers

84.  Williston Herald (AP) -- White House says it's monitoring flooding

83.  Fargo Forum -- Some South Fargo residents urged to leave by 2 p.m. today; residents still fighting

82.  Fargo Forum -- EVACUATION NOTICE:  Mandatory evacuation issued for several Cass County neighborhoods

81.   Duluth News Tribune -- Fight or flight: Cities direct evacuations

80.  CNN --iReporter moves into evacuation mode  (View what all the iReporters are up to by clicking here )

79.  Susie b. Photography -- Heroes among us

78.  The Heroine's Domaine -- Fargo Flood '09

77.  Unconventional Marketing

76.  The Christian Post -- Christian NGOs send teams to N. Dakota for flood relief

75.  CNN -- Commentary:  Fargo's faith cannot be destroyed

74.  Reuters -- Big global wheat supplies to buffer U.S. flood threat

73.  Gawker -- Some Noah's Ark Shit Is About to Go Down in Fargo

72.  MNDaily -- Flood updates

71.  Fargo Forum -- FLOOD UPDATE:  Fargo, Moorhead schools closed next week, other districts likely to follow suit

70.  Grand Forks Herald -- Bridge over the Red in Oslo remains open

69.  Mormon Times -- LDS among N.Dakota volunteers

68.  Grand Forks Herald -- Fargo-Moorhead holds its breath

67.  CNN -- Honore:  Sandbags won't save your life

66.  KFYR-TV -- Corps Again Releasing Water From Dam

65.  " target="_blank" title="Youtube">CoastGuardNews (YouTube) -- The Coast Guard is uploading videos of rescues of people in the Fargo/Moorhead area 

64.  Voice of America News -- North Dakota residents flee record flooding

63.  Williston Herald (AP) -- Bismarck mayor says river still dropping

62.  Williston Herald (AP) -- ND Fargo agencies closing for most workers

61.  Pentagon TV (YouTube)

60.  KDBC (El Paso, TX) -- Red River flooding update

59.  Macon.com -- Northwest planes to help evacuate Fargo residents

58.  KXMC -- St. Alexius Medical Center takes Fargo patients escaping flooding

57.  MSNBC -- "The Last Stand" against rising floodwaters

56.  AccuWeather (9:47 a.m.) -- Fierce cold, new blizzard threaten flooded areas

55.  Associated Press --  River reaches record high in Fargo, region braces

54.  Williston Herald (AP) -- Moorhead university students told to leave campus

53.  THOnline (AP) -- Estimate: Flood could crest 2 feet higher than sandbags (with audio)

52.  KXMC -- ND Guard - Fact Sheet - Flooding Operations 2009

51.  KXMC -- Grand Forks Base is flood fight staging area

50.  KXMC -- Morton-Mandan Flood Situation Update

49.  KXMC -- Dept. of Human Services Flood Response Efforts

48.  Duluth News Tribune -- Flood-threatened Fargo beefs up National Guard presence as Red River rises to 112-year high

47.  Consumer Reports Blog -- North Dakota floods underline need for insurance

46.  KXNet (AP) -- CNN Journalist, others arrested on Fargo dikes

45.  KFGO --2009 flood photos mantage

44.  YouTube -- from "y2kjohnson" -- 9:00 a.m., today -- "Backyard flood report 3/27/09. Current River level 40.5 feet. Previous all time record 40.2 in 1897. Predicted crestst [sic] is now 41.5 feet sometime tomorrow. Remaining height on our dike about 2 feet. Temps in the low 20s have slowed the rise of the river. Furniture was relocated from our basement yesterday."

43.  Picasaweb -- Photos of sandbagging operation at the FargoDome

42.  KFGO video on YouTube -- " target="_blank" title="1">Part 1, " target="_blank" title="KFGO">Part 2, " target="_blank" title="3">Part 3, " target="_blank" title="4">Part 4

41.  Civil Air Patrol Aerial Photographs From Fargo on Thursday CLICK HERE

40.  Bloomberg -- Fargo floods break 112-year-old record as residents evacuate

39.  MN Public Radio -- Evacuations continue as Red River tops historic marker

38.  ABC News -- Leaking levees prompt overnight evacuations (with video)

37.  Army National Guard -- Time critical in North Dakota Guard's battle against flooding

36.  DL-Online -- Fargo mayor pleads for retail businesses to close

35.  Associated Press -- 800 more Guard troops called up for Fargo flood

34.  Grand Forks Herald -- Unprecedented upstream Red River flows have forecasters scratching heads

33.  Fargo Forum -- LATEST NEWS:  Fargo rolls into defense mode as non-essential business, travel discouraged

32.  Williston Herald (AP) -- Reaction to North Dakota flooding has roots in '97

31.  Williston Herald (AP) -- Fargo beefs up N. Guard presence as river rises

30.  MyFoxTwinCities -- Raw Video:  Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker (looks like he could use some rest)

29.  YouTube -- Some guy in Fargo

28.  YouTube/NBC -- Video (from NBC News last night)

27.  National Post (Canada) -- North Dakota residents ordered to flee homes

26.  USA Today Blog -- Leak in dike in Fargo prompts evacuations

25.  KCTV (Kansas City) -- Dozens Leave ND Homes As Levee Leaks (with video)

24.  UpNorthLive -- Coast Guard air crew rescues flood victims

23.  West Fargo Pioneer -- LATEST NEWS:  Evacuation ordered for homes east of Fargo's Fourth Street South due to significant leak

22.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Red River Rising Into History (with video)

21.  Army.mi l -- North Dakota National Guard Soldiers, Army work side-by-side with civilians to save Fargo

20.  Perham EB -- American Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts in ND & MN

19.  Jamestown Sun -- Corps begins dike work here to prepare for possible high releases

18.  Jamestown Sun -- Precipitation higher than in '97

17.  NY Times -- Fargo neighborhood evacuated as water rises

16.  KTTC (Rochester, MN) -- Sandbagging Continues in Fargo AND Leak in Dike prompts immediate evacuation in Fargo

15.  Associated Press -- Red River tops historic marker, undermines dike

14.  UPI.com -- Vulnerable areas along Red River evacuated

13.  MyFoxTwinCities -- Leak in Levee, South Fargo Evacuated (with video)

12.  Christian Broadcast Network -- Fargo Residents Race Against Rising Water

11.  Associated Press

10.  Military.com -- Guard Fights Storm Battles in 5 States

9.  PostChronicle -- Factbox:  U.S. Red River Valley braces for floods

8.  Google (AP) -- Flood-weary Red River Valley has survival tricks

7.  Grand Forks Herald -- Evacuation ordered for homes east of Fargo's Fourth Street South due to significant leak

6.  The Sun Times (AP) -- Fargo prepares for the worst

5.   Sky News -- Flood Alert for North Dakota resident

4.  The Intelligencer -- North Dakota officials hope dikes will hold

3.  efluxMedia -- North Dakota residents sandbag against record flooding

2.  Fargo Forum -- ND residents may be eligible for federal aid.

1.  Fargo Forum -- The Fargo Forum asks the question, "Where's our Pulitzer?!?"

Click on these links for Part I (Tuesday), Part II (Wednesday), Part III (Thursday), Part IV (Friday), Part V (Saturday), Part VI (Sunday), Part VII (Monday) and Part VIII (Tuesday).

North Dakota Flood News and Info Aggregator Part 3
Written by Chet   

This is part III (Thursday) of the news aggregator.  Click on these links for Part I (Tuesday), Part II (Wednesday), Part III (Thursday), Part IV (Friday), Part V (Saturday), Part VI (Sunday), Part VII (Monday) and Part VIII (Tuesday).  There are lots of photos and video on Parts I, II, IV, V and VI.  GO TO THE BOTTOM FOR NEWEST ADDITIONS, and work your way back up.

1. MSNBC --  Outside Fargo, flood battle minus the spotlight 

2. Fargo Forum -- Fargo readies evacuation plan (with video)

3. Fargo Forum -- Latest: "We will defend every house," officials stress need for volunteers and urge vigilance in flood fight

4. Google (AP) -- Fargo, ND, officials to raise dikes as river rises

5. Daily Norseman -- Non-Football Talk:  North Dakota Flooding

6. Boston Herald -- Missouri River down in Bismarck, North Dakota

7. KFYR Radio -- Flood cancellations, information and announcements page

8.  USDA.gov -- Ag Secretary Vilsack Extends Deadline for Floodplain Easement Assistance

9.   Jamestown Sun -- Water-release meeting tonight

10.  Jamestown Sun -- Ice blast to put end to Bismarck flood

11.  ABCnews -- Racing Against the Rivers in North Dakota (with video)

12.  NECN.com -- Blasting sandbags; anything to stop flooding (video)

13.  Aerial Flood photos (click here)  These were taken by the ND Wing Civil Air Patrol. Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Missouri River, Wahpeton

14.  Burleigh County (around Bismarck) Emergency Management Maps, Pictures, Road Closures, News Releases and other info.  CLICK HERE.

15.  Morton County (around Mandan) Emergency Managment information, press releases, etc.  CLICK HERE.

16.  LA Times -- North Dakota braces for flooding

17.  NY Times -- Fargo Racing to Protect Against Rising River

18.  MyFoxTwinCities.com -- Flood threatens 500 Homes in Oakport Township

19.   Grand Forks Herald -- Regional Flood Roundup:  Goose close to cresting in Hillsboro

20.   WDAY -- Thursday road closures

21.   Bloomberg -- Fargo Flood Fighters Pile Sandbags as Record Crest is Forecast

22.   Argus Leader -- Some Fargo residents evacuating to Sioux Falls

23.   KARE11 -- Critical day in flood fight starts off on wrong foot

24.   Nick.com -- Fargo Fighting Flooding

25.   Cape Coral Daily Breeze.com (Florida) -- Lee County Red Cross deploying four volunteers to North Dakota

26.   ENS -- Ice Jame Detonated at North Dakota Capital [sic], Residents Evacuate

27.   Marketwatch -- Catholic Charities Prepared to Respond to North Dakota Flooding; Collecting Donations to Support Recovery Efforts

28.  USA Today -- Fargo prepares for record flooding

29.  WINK News.com (Ft. Myers, FL) -- Volunteers leave for North Dakota

30.  USA Today -- Waters rise as Fargo volunteers rush to strengthen dikes

31.  Agriculture.com -- Bobcat Company helps defend North Dakota communities from record flooding

32.  CNN.com -- Mayor says Fargo faces 'uncharted territory' with flooding

33.  PostBulletin (AP) (Rochester, MN) -- Fargo area pleads for help as river rises

34.  Dakota Student (UND - Grand Forks) -- Fighting back the flood

34.  KFYRTV.com -- Flooding forces two power plants to shut down

35.  Bloomberg -- Fargo Flood Crest is Ahead, May Delay Wheat Planting

36.  KXMB -- Fargo nursing home plans evacuations

37.  Disaster News Network -- Thousands leave as waters rise

38.  Washington Post -- Red River Swells in the Midwest (photo slideshow) (AP photos)

39.  CNN.com -- Weary but determined iReporters fight floodwaters (click on "more photos" for photos)

40.  Worldwide Faith News -- Lutherans in North Dakota Brace for Record Floods

41.  MSNBC -- Midwest prepares for record flooding "March 26:  Residents in North Dakota and Minnesota are preparing for the worst as the Red River swells to record level.  NBCs Kevin Tibbles reports from Moorhead, Minn."

42.  CBS News -- Disaster declared in N.D. Flooding (video)

43.  Seattle Times (AP) -- Lower projection on Red upstream may help Fargo

44.  Picasaweb -- Justin Steinle's photos of SouthPort (a south Bismarck, ND, neighborhood, along the Missouri River)

45.  KXMC (AP) -- University [of North Dakota] calls off classes

46.  KXMC -- Fox Island and Southport to open to residents and contractors at 1:30pm

47.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Fargo shows signs of flood fatigue (with video)

48.  Christian Science Monitor -- Pulling the plug on North Dakota flood: A christian perspective on daily life.

48.  Beliefnet -- Prayer Circle for People of North Dakota Red River Valley fighting the floods

49.  Reuters -- Northern U.S. flooding may cut wheat crop, boost soy

50.  SCTimes.com (St. Cloud, MN) -- More student volunteers headed to flooded areas

51.  iReport.com -- Tons of North Dakota flooding photos taken by "iReporters"

52.  NationalPost.com -- Social media covers the Manitoba, North Dakota floods

53.  Stripes -- Military helps with flood relief efforts

54.  Dickinson Press -- No 3rd round of ice jam explosives planned

55.  KFYR TV -- Linton flooding

56.  KXMB -- Bismarck officials say sandbags ready if needed

57.  DeseretNews.com -- LDS among N. Dakota volunteers

58.  Reuters -- Factbox:  U.S. Red River Valley braces for floods

59.  PR-inside.com -- US city Fargo works to keep back rising river

60.  Grand Forks Herald -- Pomeroy surveys flood damage, fills sandbags

61.  NewsBlaze -- Disaster Relief Charity OBI On Ground In Fargo

62.  EarthTimes -- Counseling Help Line Available for People Coping with Floods in North Dakota and Western Minnesota

63.  ICIS.com -- US midwest floods could hamper fertilizer movement

64.  KXMB -- Night blast video (with video) (duh!)

65.  WestFargoPioneer -- SHEYENNE DIVERSION UPDATE: West Fargo nears predicted flood crest

66.  PR Newswire -- Verizon Wireless Deploys Temporary Cell Site in Fargo to Enhance Network Coverage

67.  Catholic News Service -- North Dakota seminary partially evacuates because of flood alert

68.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- New Forecast: 42-foot crest in Fargo-Moorhead on Saturday [editor:  FWIW I've heard 43 is the number.]

69.  Computerworld.com -- Social networks hub for Fargo flood volunteers

70.  Jamestown Sun -- Bismarck water dropping nicely

71.  Some Picasaweb photo galleries:

Derek Weber's photo album

Stacy Halverson (March 25, March 24, March 23)

72.  Dickinson Press -- Westboro Baptist Church thanks God for N.D. flooding [Note to WBC:  Stay Classy.]

73.  Grand Forks Herald -- Efforts to keep Kennedy Bridge open

74.  KXMC -- Washburn residents asked to conserve water

75.  Should we keep doing this?  Are people getting anything from this?  (post a comment, please)

76.  Grand Forks Herald -- Two days, four houses, one river

77.  Marketwatch -- N.D., Minn. brace for historic flooding

78.  MPR Blog -- Red River:  Hurry up and Wait

79.  Fargo Forum -- FLOOD UPDATE:  Red River broke crest of 1997 flood at 7 p.m. tonight

80.  Fargo Forum -- EVACUATION NOTICES: Fargo evacuations directed; travel on major city roads to be shut down; sandbagging volunteers asked to work through the night

81.  WAVY (Virginia Beach, VA) -- Operation Blessing sends crew to ND

82.  YouTube -- There are tons of videos from the Fargo flood fighting effort.  For a list of them, CLICK HERE.  Here's an example.

83.  YouTube -- There are tons of videos from the Bismarck flood fighting effort.  For a list of them, CLICK HERE.  Here's an example:

84.  Grand Forks Herald -- Part of I-29 reduced to one lane because of water on roadway

85.  Grand Forks Herald -- River levels as of 9 p.m. Thursday

86.  Grand Forks Herald -- River could reachh 43 feet in Fargo

87.  Google (AP) -- Cracks in levee force evacuations in Fargo, ND

88.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- New Red River flood forecast: Evacuate

89.  WIBW (Kansas) -- Red River to hit 43 feet  in North Dakota

90.  Twin Cities.com -- 40 houses, nursing home to evacuate because of cracks in Fargo levee

91.  MNDaily.com -- Record crest expected through weekend

92.  Winnipeg Free Press -- Red approaches record crest in Fargo

93.  Fargo Forum -- Volunteer dike building in Fargo ceased for evening, bagging ongoing at Fargodome

94.  Valley Flood Watch -- self explanatory

95.  The Daily Republic (AP) (Mitchell, SD) -- Bismarck residents return to flood-stricken homes

96.  KARE11 Blog (Minneapolis) -- Worse than '97

97.  Fargo Forum -- FLOOD UPDATE:  Police announce road closures for Friday

98.  Military.com --Airmen render aid to flood efforts

99.  LA Times -- Fargo rushes to block Red River flooding

100.  DaveArntson.com (photojournalist) -- Dave continues to take great photos during this rough time in Fargo (click here for his homepage )

Click on these links for Part I (Tuesday), Part II (Wednesday), Part III (Thursday), Part IV (Friday), Part V (Saturday), Part VI (Sunday), Part VII (Monday) and Part VIII (Tuesday).

North Dakota Flood News and Info Aggregator
Written by Chet   
Road Crew on South Washington builds a dyke across the road near Solheim School

Click on these links for Part I (Tuesday), Part II (Wednesday), Part III (Thursday), Part IV (Friday), Part V (Saturday), Part VI (Sunday), Part VII (Monday) and Part VIII (Tuesday).

1.  Bismarck.org -- Official "City of Bismarck" Website with information, call for volunteers, etc.

2.  Bismarck/Burleigh is urgently requesting sandbagging volunteers at the Bismarck Civic Center. Volunteers should be at least 14 years old, wear work clothes and gloves, and bring a shovel and a water bottle.  (From KFYRTV.com.)  Park in the south parking lot.  I think they said (on public radio) to enter in the Southeast entrance (entrance E-52), closest to Denny's.

3.  KXNet.com -- North Dakota School Cancellation Announcements and Community Announcements

4.  NDPR -- Fargo Teens Join The Flood Fight

5.  CNN -- River Threatens historic flooding in North Dakota

6.  Fargo Forum -- McFeely:  Students save day one bag at a time

7.  Google (AP) -- In race against river, Fargo pulls together

8.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Red River Valley:  Snow adds to the pain

9.  Google (AP) -- Ice jams make flooding worse around Bismarck

10.  WZZM13.com (Grand Rapids, MI) -- Local volunteers help flood victims in North Dakota

11.  DaveArntson.com (Photojournalist) -- Lots of great photos of the Fargo flood and sandbagging efforts

12.  KXNet.com -- Bismarck Officials ask for sandbagging help (with hotline phone number 701-355-1579)

13.  MyFox9.com (Twin Cities, MN) -- Red River at 34 feet, Volunteers head north

14.  The ice jam north of Bismarck just broke.  Hold on tight.  The development north of Bismarck near Papa's Pumpkin Patch has just been evacuated.  Kirkwood Mall is closed.  Flash flood WARNING for south Bismarck

[I should note that callers are calling in to KFYR 550AM and saying the north ice jam is still in place. No need to panic?] 
Now 10:36 am they are now confirming that the ice jam has not broken north of Bismarck.

15.  They're reporting that police are going door to door in the "German street names" neighborhood in southwest Bismarck, telling people to be prepared to leave their homes.  


16.  Low lying areas in Mandan are dealing with a mandatory evacuation.

The Morton County Office of Emergency Management and the City of Mandan have issued a mandatory evacuation notice for residents in the Missouri River area south of the MDU Heskett Plant and east of 40th Avenue SE. Areas at risk include the Riverbend, Captain’s Landing, Bridgeview Bay, Marina Bay, Borden Harbor, Lakewood and 40th Avenue residential areas.


(This evacuation is now voluntary -- CityOfMandan.com )



Eastbound Lanes of Memorial Highway Closing on West End

Eastbound lanes on the west end of Memorial Highway (the Strip) are being closed in order to enclose an earthen dike system for the Heart River.  This is near the intersection of Memorial Highway, Main Street and Mandan Avenue south of Burger King.

This action is being taken per an agreement between the North Dakota Department of Transportation, the City of Mandan and Lower Heart River Water Management officials.

Traffic should detour to Main Street in Mandan or Interstate 94. Memorial Bridge remains open.

City of Mandan

17.  Reports of the ice jam on the Missouri River north of Bismarck breaking have been grossly exaggerated (apparently).

18.  Google (AP) -- Ice jam break spills more water into Bismarck area

19.  Grand Forks Herald (AP) -- Flooding forces ND Legislature to recess

20.  National Post (Canada) -- North Dakota flooding declared a disaster

21.  FreeTV.org (Bismarck/Mandan Community Access TV) -- watch the live meeting with Bismarck's Mayor and law enforcement people by clicking on the "On Air" graphic.  [It's over now.]

22.  KTIV (AP) -- ND officials say lice jam intact, though leaking

23.  Williston Herald (AP) --  ND officials say ice jam intact, though leaking -- (Longer version)

24.  Willston Herald (AP) -- Heavy snow shuts down part of Eastern ND

25.  Williston Herald (AP) -- Coast Guard evacuating homes in Oxbow, near Fargo

26.  Google (AP) -- Blizzard dumps snow on flooded North Dakota

27.  KodakGallery.com -- Photos of Lake Tschida from Monday of this week (and the water has gone up since then).  Photo #38 depicts the trailer at Northshore Marina.  

28.  Scientific American -- Obama cites North Dakota floods in call for climate change action

29.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Flooding woes ebb and flow (renamed "Heavy snow hobbles flood fighters")

30.  Times of the Internet -- Fargo digs in against rising river

31.  Fargo Forum -- Bismarc officials ask for sandbagging help

32.  WGRZ.com (Buffalo, NY) -- Midwest Braces for Severe Flooding

33.  Williston Herald -- Grafton fights Park River

34.  KARE11.com (Minneapolis - St. Paul) -- Residential dike breech forces rescues near Fargo

35.  KQCD.com (Dickinson, ND) -- This is a link to all the NBC affiliate "Sky Spy Photos."  They are photos submitted by people all over the Western North Dakota area (i.e. Bismarck, Dickinson, Minot, etc.) recently.  This must be a very popular website.  It's a horribly slow download.  KFYR, etc., need to upgrade their server.

36.  Fargo Forum -- Flood Update:  Fargo makes final push to protect city; officials still asking for volunteers

37.  MSNBC (from yesterday) -- Fargo welcomes lower flood forecast upriver

38.  KFYR -- 1806 temporarily closing...

Highway 1806 Closing for Blast of Ice Jam & Other Flood Updates

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department and Mandan Police Department have been informed by the N.D. Department of Emergency Services that they need to close Highway 1806 from 19th Street south to County Road 138 immediately so that experts can blast the ice jam.  
Residents in the area of the blast are being notified of the blast via the reverse 911 system. 
The blast is expected to occur between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.  
Residents south of 19th Street and north of County Road 138 should stay away from exterior windows and move to interior locations should shock waves occur from the blast. 
More than one blast may be required depending upon results of the first attempt. 

In other flood news, Ron Manchester of the Lower Heart River Management reports that Heart River’s water levels are receding.


39.  Williston Herald (AP) -- New weapon in ND flooding: Explosives

40.  Williston Herald (AP) -- Crews blowing up ice jam on Mo River

41.  YouTube --BiggerBlast -- This is the YouTube page for the company that's doing the explosives work on the Missouri River today

42.  National Guard -- National Guard battles winter storms in five states

43.  WDAY -- Obama meets with ND delegation on flooding

44.  Marketwire (press release) -- Water Damage Company, Damage Control, Inc., Prepared for Flood Restoration in Fargo, Moorhead, and Bismarck

45.  KFYR Radio -- If you live out of town or are at work and don't have a radio, but you want to listen to KFYR radio's broadcast over the internet, you can do that today.  They don't normally stream their audio, but they're doing it today because of the flooding.  So far today it has been a non-stop flood news and information show.

46.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Record flood bearing down on Fargo Moorhead

47.  Baltimore Sun (AP) -- White House says Obama is keeping close tabs on flooding in North Dakota

48.  Fargo Forum -- "It's time to get busy again:" Area flood-fight leaders plead for massive volunteer effort as crest level raised to 41 feet

49.  Facebook -- The "Fargo-Moorhead Flood Information" Facebook group has 4,750 members as of 3:07 p.m., today.  (120 photos)

50.  Fargo Forum -- Flood update:  Snowstorm, flooding hampers mail delivery in SD, ND and MN

51.  NY Times -- Fears of Major Floods in North Dakota

52.   KMEG (Sioux City, IA) -- Corps: Runoff gets Lake Oahe level back to average

53.  CBS -- You Tube Video

54.  Bloomberg -- North Dakota River May Reach Record Level, Hurt Crops

55.  MyFoxTwinCities -- Fargo Builds Dikes Higher, Red River to Crest Saturday at 41 Feet

56.  Google (AP) -- Demo experts work to blast Bismarck, ND, ice jam

57.  LJWorld.com (Lawrence, KS) -- Jayhawk' first-round foes back in North Dakota battling flooding river

58.  WQOW (Eau Claire, WI) -- Fargo to build dikes foot higher

59.  Bismarck Tribune -- Photos submitted by readers

60.  A bridge collapsed on Hwy 200 between Stanton and Pick City.

61.  Townhall -- ND Mayor 'optimistic' after blast to clear ice jam

62.  There probably won't be any more updates here for a few hours.  If you see any new news online, please post a link in the comments.  Please use this format:  Source name, title of story and then the link.  If you put the link first, it messes up the format for a while.  Thanks.

63.  President Obama met this morning with Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan and Congressman Earl Pomeroy to get up to speed on the flooding in North Dakota.

President Barack Obama meets Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the U.S. Capitol with representatives from North Dakota and Minnesota, areas hard hit by flooding. With the President in front of a display of area news coverage are, from left, Rep. Collin Peterson, and behind him Sen. Amy Klobuchar, both of Minnesota, and Sen. Ken Conrad, Sen. Byron Dorgan and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, all of North Dakota.   The White House / Pete Souza
Click on these links for Part I (Tuesday), Part II (Wednesday), Part III (Thursday), Part IV (Friday), Part V (Saturday), Part VI (Sunday), Part VII (Monday) and Part VIII (Tuesday).


Statewide Flooding Open Thread
Written by Chet   
Click on these links for Part I (Tuesday), Part II (Wednesday), Part III (Thursday), Part IV (Friday), Part V (Saturday), Part VI (Sunday), Part VII (Monday) and Part VIII (Tuesday).

I'm not sure what we can do here to help people around the state, but if anybody has anything to report or needs help or shelter or wants to volunteer, please use the comments to speak your mind.

As I type this, there's a blizzard going on out there (in Bismarck).  There are two ice jams on the Missouri near Bis/Man; one north of town, one south.  They're flying in explosives experts to try to deal with the ice jams.  Parts of Bismarck -- Southport and [oops] Fox Island have been evacuated.  The folks at the City are recommending that anybody who lives south of the Bismarck Expressway and West of Washington Street might want to move valuables out of their basement, and put a row or two of sandbags around their houses.  Water is backing up into the south part of town because of the south ice jam.  The powers-that-be are worried the north ice jam might break and send a bunch more water down to get further backed up by the south jam.  It's nasty.

People are sandbagging like crazy in Fargo. The universities were closed (right?).  People were using Facebook, among other things, to invite people to "sandbagging events."  People are driving in to Fargo from all over to help with their sandbagging efforts.

They've started distributing sandbags in Bismarck and Mandan.  Mandan is experiencing some flooding in low-lying areas.  Here's a photo from Mandan:


Part of Linton is flooded.  Washburn is recommending that people boil their water.  Part of Mott is flooding.  Part of Beulah has some water trouble.  A bunch of rural courthouses were closed today, as were quite a few schools.  After school programs closed early today.  Lake Tschida is very near record water levels.  It's just crazy out there.  

Please, share your stories...  Send me your photos...

I've been adding to the list of news updates all evening.  I'm going to put a link to Flood Information right here -- KXMB -- because it has a lot of useful information, contact numbers, evacuation information, etc.

Flood-Related News -- Updates -- Information

1.  USA Today -- Evacuation ordered near Missouri River in Bismarck (photos and video )

2.  Fargo Forum -- 'We will beat this challenge,' flood battle continues as officials plead for help

3.  Bismarck Tribune -- Fox Island, Southport told to evacuate by 3 p.m.  (photos and video ) (more photos )

4.  Bismarck Tribune -- Missouri at critical level; evacuations urged

5.  Fargo Forum -- FLOOD UPDATE: Parts of interstates closed due to water over roads

6.  Dickinson Press -- Absolutely no travel in Dickinson

7.  Minot Daily News -- The Wait For The Water

8.  Valley City Times Record -- Officials update public on flood fight

9.  Williston Herald -- Cherry Creek cuts loose through Watford City

10.  Williston Herald -- Midwest flooding fears turn to Bismarck

11.  Williston Herald --  ND officials consider blowing up Mo River ice jam

12.  Kansas City Star -- Volunteers leaving today to help North Dakota flood victims

13.  DVIDS.com -- 800 Guardsmen on Duty to Fight Flood in Eastern North Dakota

14.  Grand Forks Herald -- Bismarck Prison Evacuated [editor:  misleading title; it's actually the MRCC "state farm" that was evacuated.]

15.  US News and World Report -- N.D. and Minn. Students Drive Hours to Aid in Flood Efforts

16.  The Catholic Spirit --  As floodwaters rise, Fargo bishop asks Catholics to pray, help one another

17.  PETA -- Group Warns Against Leaving Animals Behind to Fend for Themselves During Evacuation

18.  Fargo Forum -- Breckenridge, Wahpeton breathe sigh of relief

19.  KFYR TV --  ND Legislature May Recess Because of Flooding

20.  Williston Herald (AP) -- More than a foot of snow hits southwestern ND

21.  Williston Herald (AP) -- ND Legislature may recess because of flooding

22.  Air Mobility Command -- Warriors of the North dedicate time, energy to flood preparations

23.  KXMC -- Flooding Halts Amtrak Service

23.  KXMC --  Red River Continues Rise - Fargo Braces

24.  KXMC -- Mandatory Evacuations in Bismarck

25.  Associated Press (YouTube video)

26.  KXNet -- Flood Reaction

27.  KXNet -- Comparing the Disasters

28.  KARE 11 -- Flood Central 

28.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Editorial: Volunteer to Fight Red River Flooding

29.  WREX (Rockford, IL) -- Local Red Cross Worker Helping in Fargo

30.  MN Public Radio (with video) -- The Young People's Flood

31.  St. Cloud Times --  5 buses of Central Minnesota volunteers will head to Fargo

32.  MN Public Radio (with audio) -- Protecting neighborhoods from their first Red River flood

33.  PR Newswire --  Red Cross Moving Supplies and Volunteers as Fargo Races Against Floodwaters

34.  Google (AFP) --  North Dakota braces for record floods

35.  Gazette Online (Cedar Rapids, IA) -- More Volunteers Headed to Help With Flooding In North Dakota

36.  Army.mil --  Corps of Engineers helps states in predicted flood area

37.  DailyGlobe.com (Worthington, MN) -- West central Minnesota volunteers answer call to fight Red River flood

38.  KWCH.com -- Wichita Red Cross Volunteers Head to Fargo Flood

39.  Grand Forks Herald -- Minto Makes Over With Sandbags

40.  MN Daily --  Students head north to help with flood

41.  Minneapolis Star Tribune --  Geology set the Red River on a course for flooding

42.  Grand Forks Herald -- Grafton Sends Out Emergency Call For Sandbaggers

43.  Minneapolis Star Tribune -- 'You've been through it so many times and you can only do so much.'

44.  Grand Forks Herald -- Fargo officials call for another massive sandbagging effort

45.  KXMB -- Bismarck Burleigh Flood Information Update  (LOTS OF USEFUL INFORMATION HERE)

46.  Grand Forks Herald -- N.D. Receives Disaster Declaration

47.  KXNet -- Beulah Flooding

48.  Boston Herald (AP) -- Rising North Dakota Rivers Lead To Evacuations

Click on these links for Part I (Tuesday), Part II (Wednesday), Part III (Thursday), Part IV (Friday), Part V (Saturday), Part VI (Sunday), Part VII (Monday) and Part VIII (Tuesday).


Hate Your Neighbor
Written by Chet   

LTNI will not blog about how offended I am by the Westboro Baptist Church's protest of Natasha Richardson's funeral. They need to be ignored.

I will not blog about how offended I am by the Westboro Baptist Church's protest of Natasha Richardson's funeral. They need to be ignored.

I will not blog about how offended I am by the Westboro Baptist Church's protest of Natasha Richardson's funeral. They need to be ignored.

I will not blog about how offended I am by the Westboro Baptist Church's protest of Natasha Richardson's funeral. They need to be ignored.

I will not blog about how offended I am by the Westboro Baptist Church's protest of Natasha Richardson's funeral. They need to be ignored.

Interview With The ND Corruption Reporter
Written by Chet   

NDCorruptionYou may have seen my blog post on the ad in the Bismarck Tribune seeking reports of corruption in North Dakota.  (If not, click here.)  I expressed some concern about the ad.  I had questions so I connected with the person behind the ad. 

Here's our question and answer session: 


NorthDecoder:  Who are you, where are you from, what do you do? 
ND Corruption Reporter:  [The ND Corruption reporter indicated he's from Northeastern ND, identified himself to me, but asked that I not disclose here who he is.  He indicated he has some concern for his personal safety.  For the record, I had gotten a tip as to who he was before he told me, but I didn't tell him that.  He probably knows now.]

ND:  What inspired you to place the ad in the Bismarck Tribune?  (Are you, by chance, the victim of some government corruption?)
NDCR:  I had some dealings with corruption but a friend of mine is the reason I decided to get involved in this. 

ND:  Did you put the ad in any other newspapers or magazines?  Any radio or TV ads?
NDCR:  I put the ad in the Grand Forks Herald, Cavalier Chronicle, Bismarck Trib, and Walsh Cty Record. I haven't done TV ads yet, because I wanted to see how many stories I got from the newspaper ads. I have only gotten a few stories. I think its because people think saying something will come back to bite them in the ass. I don't want names of private individuals because I can't print them without getting sued. You can say just about anything about ELECTED OFFICIALS THOUGH. 

ND:  How many people have you heard from?  How many stories have you been able to verify?
NDCR:  I have only heard from about 3 people. I heard from one that I think is from the Gov's office or Atty Generals office who wanted to know who I was and I told them. I am sure the BCI and swat team will be at my door soon! 

ND:  Before you do your Corruption Report, will you do any independent verification of the stories people tell you?  If so, are you willing to give an example or two of what kind of verification you're doing (generally or specifically)?
NDCR:  Yes I will do some independent verification of the stories if I get enough to print. I can give an example of what kind of verification I am going to do when it happens. I have a regular job, so I have to do this at night. If someone does send a story, about the only way I can verify it is through court transcripts and affidavits I think. 
ND: When and where do you plan to release your report?  
NDCR:  I was going to print a small tabloid type paper and deliver them to stores and gas stations and various places all over North Dakota. Not sure when. 
ND:  Are you planning to focus on any particular kind(s) of corruption?  
NDCR:  I have heard mostly stories about family courts and the corruption of judges and social services so I was going to focus on that aspect mostly.  If it is one thing I hate, it is child abuse, and people that do the child abuse and the people in the courts, and social services that enable people to abuse children. NOTHING MAKES ME MORE ANGRY THAN PEOPLE ABUSING HELPLESS CHILDREN! 
ND:  I noticed your ad references "family courts" first.  Do you have a special interest in family courts?
NDCR:  I do have a special interest in family courts.  I have a friend who had his children taken away from him by a corrupt judge and he never did anything to hurt the kids, but the judge told him that he can NEVER see or talk to his kids ever again!  Gee, I didn't know that was legal. Oh yeah, it isn't but the judge let the order stand. 

ND:  I also noticed your ad doesn't include "state agencies," "city government offices" or "county government offices."  Did you exclude those intentionally because you're not interested in corruption in those kinds of offices, or is there some other reason you didn't ask for those types of corruption?  (I'm wondering if you're interested in pursuing reports of corruption in those types of offices.)
NDCR:  Yes I am interested in it, but didn't really think about it when I put the ad in the paper. 

ND:  What about corruption in private businesses?  Say, for example, a business that has a "cost plus" contract with the state and is cheating on what its costs are; are you interested in those kinds of stories of corruption?  
NDCR:  Iam interested in those kinds of corruption. I just didn't have any first hand experiences or stories of that type of corruption. 
ND:  Are people asking you to protect their anonymity?  Are you offering to protect reporters' anonymity?
NDCR:  Yes they are asking to protect anonymity and I will protect them. I will need to verify stories and I wouldn't print any names of anyone except Elected Officials. I can only use fake names or initials or fake initials. 
ND:  What kinds of assurances can (and do) you make to people who send their stories to you regarding anonymity?  I'm thinking of a whistleblower whose job might be at risk if they are identified after you release your report and it becomes clear you've gotten inside information from a state or county office, or a business.
NDCR:  I would have to make sure to show the person that sent the story to me gets to read it to make sure it is ok to print before it is printed. I would never want to jeopardize someones job, personal life, or safety for any reason. I think of the people that worked for WSI and went to the AG and said give me whistleblower status and he said he would and then they got fired. Another example of a criminal in power as far as I am concerned. 

ND:  Besides outrageous outcomes in family law cases, are you willing to share a "teaser" (before your report comes out) on some of the corruption that's been reported to you?
NDCR:  Yes I will. 

That's our Q&A exchange.  I should note that I've edited exactly two things in this:  (1) there was one typo [an extra letter "L" that I've taken out]; and (2) there was something that I assume was directed to me, personally, and I took that out. 

Though I'm interested in seeing what comes of this, I have to admit I'm really not all that interested in hearing people's complaints about the outcomes in their divorce cases.  I get enough of that in my job and in my personal life, so I'm not all that interested in those cases even if some of you are.  

I'm just not.

But stay tuned...

Volunteers needed!
Written by Adam   

I got this in an email and decided to make an announcement for those of us in the Fargo area that are able-bodied

The flood forecast changed drastically yesterday with the raising of the projected river crest and changing the date of the projected crest  from mid April to March 28th.  If you look at your calendar you will see that the 28th is only a little over a week away.

So, what can you do?  The City of Fargo will open Sandbag Central tomorrow at 8:00 AM and run through 8:00 PM and then reopen on Saturday morning and then basically run 24 hours a day until they have enough sandbags.  So, the city needs sandbags, lots of sandbags, over a million sandbags. 

Sandbags don’t fill themselves, so they need people, lots of people, not millions, but still lots.  What they would like is people to come over to Sandbag Central to work 4 hour shifts to fill sandbags.  It is hard, dirty, sweaty work – a lot like going to the gym, without the cost and fancy workout clothes.  As an added benefit, the Salvation Army will serve up coffee to keep you energized.

So, what can you do?  You can forward the request for help and information on to your associates and friends.  You can organize your friends to have a sandbag filling party sometime this weekend at Sandbag Central – it can be fun!  The contact information and parking information is listed below. 

How To Volunteer

Volunteer Hotline - 476-4000
Call between 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.

All volunteers are asked to park at the Fargodome and take shuttles to sandbag headquarters. To make sure shifts are equally covered, volunteers are also asked to call the volunteer hotline, 476-4000, before arriving on site. 

40 feet will break the '97 record, I moved up here immediately following the flood, but lived in SD, which was only less bad than it was here.  Well...let's get moving!

I plan on helping out sometime on Saturday.  Email me if you care to go with me then.  (Adam.Blomeme@DON'TSPAMMEgmail.com)


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