GLOVES FOR THE GUARD: Walaker had a gift for the North Dakota National Guard he photographed unloading sandbags in the Oak Grove neighborhood.
He’d received an unexpected donation in the thick of the flood flight: eight packages of heavy-duty orange gloves. The gift came from a regular attendee of Fargo City Commission meetings, a woman he knew as an occasionally outspoken critic. She bought the gloves for flood fighters, and she wanted him to give them away. Guard members were fitting recipients.
Ron Solberg, a colonel with the North Dakota Air National Guard and the vice commander of the Guard’s flood operation, says his team felt lucky to work with an appreciative city leader. “Even in the direst of times, he’s unflappable,” Solberg says. “Through all of that time, he was steady as a rock.” Dennis Walaker / Special to The Forum