This story originally published May 2, 2013. It is included in the June 24, 2017, edition of the Forum for the first installment of a series documenting the FM Diversion project. FARGO — The Red River on Wednesday hit an apparent crest in Fargo-Moorhead just above 33 feet and began its slow descent. Sandbag removal in Moorhead will begin Friday, while sandbag and levee removal in Fargo could begin in earnest by the middle of next week.
FARGO – The call came in about 10:30 a.m. Friday, warning a Sanford Health employee of violence and a “blast” at the downtown hospital. The threat put Sanford’s downtown campus into a modified lockdown, with access to the hospital being limited to just three entryways and security personnel screening visitors at all entrance points.
FARGO – A new proposal by proponents of a $1.8 billion metro-area flood diversion could double the project’s potential special assessments for Cass County property owners, though diversion officials still say those fees will never be assessed. To fast-track the massive flood-control project, diversion officials had previously floated the idea of using a $450 million bond, with the loan backed by a special assessment district covering 40,000 benefitting parcels across the county.
FARGO – A longtime Minnesota legislator said he will actively lobby against the proposed metro flood diversion if project proponents continue to build an upstream ring dike in North Dakota. Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, said he can no longer support the project because the Diversion Authority started building a ring levee around Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke before completion of a Minnesota environmental study of the $1.8 billion, 36-mile flood control channel.
MOORHEAD – It took just 12 hours. Moorhead Police Detective Ryan Nelson responded to a suspicious online ad for an “escort” at a south Moorhead motel Wednesday afternoon. Just a half-day later, police arrested two suspects in Fargo on criminal charges of prostituting out that so-called escort – a 13-year-old runaway from Brooklyn Center, Minn., who allegedly was brought to the area by the suspects.
FARGO – Dennis Walaker only had one speech prepared on Tuesday night, and it was a victory speech. Voters for the third time chose Walaker as Fargo’s mayor on Tuesday. He’ll now serve a final four-year term. Unlike Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who wrote two speeches in case the D-Day invasion of Normandy failed, Walaker said he never prepared a losing speech.