Red River Diversion Opponents Hoping For Help From CourtsOpponents of a proposed Red River diversion project around the Fargo metropolitan area said Friday they are turning their focus to their legal battle after seeing most of their alternatives rejected by state and federal regulators. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources held a public meeting Wednesday to outline their environmental review of the channel, which would require a holding area that would flood upstream farmland in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Finding Minnesota: Children’s Museum Of Southern MinnesotaWhen they heard kids saying, "There's nothing to do around here," some educators and parents of small children in southern Minnesota couldn’t exactly disagree. So about ten years ago, they started laying the groundwork for what is now the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.
Dayton Aides: Money There To Cover Flood CostsExisting emergency accounts are probably sufficient to cover state costs related to severe June flooding and avoid the need for a special session of the Minnesota Legislature. That message was delivered Tuesday by Gov. Mark Dayton's administration.
Judge: Red River Suit Duplicates Federal ComplaintA federal judge has ruled that a state lawsuit filed by upstream opponents of a Red River flood control project duplicates a federal complaint. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction that prohibits the lawsuit from moving forward in Minnesota state court.
Prevent Flood Damage With Basement Water AlarmsWhen Minnesotans head to the cabin for the weekend, many worry about break-ins. But it turns out, there's something more costly to think about. While the average theft claim is less than $2,000, the average water damage claim is more than $7,000. And with rains as heavy as they were this summer, many basements have experiences such flooding.
Waterville Residents Hoping Flood Waters Recede SoonDue to recent flooding caused by days of heavy rain, Waterville in southern Minnesota is mostly under water. "Nobody's ever seen it, and you can never be prepared for it," said resident Brian Spatenka.
High Lake Superior Level Prompts Soo Gate Opening The brimming water level on Lake Superior has led a Canadian-U.S. regulatory board to increase the outflow through gates on the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie. The International Lake Superior Board of Control says the flow setting of the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will increase Wednesday, and it warms anglers to beware of changing flow and water levels.
Folks Across The State Are Holding Up In The Flood FightFrom the top of the state, to the bottom, Emergency Management Director Kris Eide has seen firsthand the damage the flooded has caused. "We thought we'd dodged a bullet," Eide said. Eide was referring to the fact that floods usually happen in the spring and not summer. She said while the work of previous sandbagging has taken its toll, there is still more work to be done.
MnDOT Closes Northbound Lane On I-35W In Burnsville The right lane of northbound Interstate 35 between Cliff Road and Black Dog Road in Burnsville, Minn. will close at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. With all the rain we've had lately the Minnesota River is rising, and workers with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will put up barriers along the east side of the I-35W, near Black Dog Road, to keep the water out.
National Guard Sends Help To Southern Minn.The Minnesota National Guard is sending 20 soldiers to Henderson, Minn. to assist with flood response. Henderson is among the towns in southern Minnesota that suffered damage due to torrential rains that plagued the state over the last week. The soldiers will provide assistance by watching over flowage channels, levee watch and lift stations.
Minnesota Expected To Ask For Federal AssistanceGov. Mark Dayton visited the southernmost parts of Minnesota Friday afternoon. Areas like Rock County are flooded and damaged after massive amounts of rain fell during the week. Early damage estimates in Rock County are at $3.5 million and the county is 40 percent under water.
No Injuries After Mudslide Prompts Road ClosureA mudslide on a Mississippi River bluff just below a Minneapolis hospital narrowly missed two motorists on a nearby roadway. Minneapolis firefighters say no one was injured Thursday night and the hospital on the edge of the mudslide is stable.