Morning headlines: New flood outlook shows increased possibility of significant flooding in the region

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The Red River is surrounded by snow Thursday, March 23, 2023, in Fargo.
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FARGO — Recent heavy snowfalls and persistently frigid weather are combining to ratchet up the spring flood risk in the Red River Valley, with Fargo now very likely facing a major flood, according to the latest flood outlook.

“With our active weather pattern and below normal temperatures persisting, the flood-risk probabilities have increased further with this outlook,” Amanda Lee, a National Weather Service hydrologist, said Thursday, March 23.

The Red River at Fargo now has a 95% chance of reaching 29.5 feet — just under the 30-foot threshold for major flooding — and a 50% chance of cresting at 34.2 feet, according to the weather service outlook released Thursday. Full story here.


West Fargo puts school bus routes on hold amid driver shortage

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WEST FARGO — An all too familiar message was sent to West Fargo Public Schools parents, letting them know four routes are getting cut for the week of March 26.

Like many school districts, West Fargo is being forced to combine bus routes, consolidate times and temporarily cancel routes on a rotating basis. They are not seeing a large amount of drivers quitting, but the hiring pool is shrinking tremendously. Full story here.

Fans flock to Scheels Arena for fun-filled Day 1 at Fargo Regional

Minnesota fans cheer on the Gophers against Canisius during Minnesota's NCAA men's hockey Fargo regionals game on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at Scheels Arena in Fargo.
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FARGO — Set the intense rivalries of college hockey aside and what you get is a collective group of fans uniting for a common cause.

That cause? Friends, fun and a genuine love for hockey. That was evident Thursday at NCAA's Fargo Regional, where the sweaters spotted in the Scheels Arena crowd spanned far beyond the four participating teams. Full story here.

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