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FARGO — The chief of the Army Corps of Engineers told the Metro Diversion Authority board that the flood-control project is a top national priority and federal funding is in place to begin major construction this spring. Lt. Gen.
FARGO — Members of a State Board of Higher Education oversight committee are withholding comment on an audit of the North Dakota State College of Science that found that a vice president was “directly involved” in hiring a consulting firm without disclosing that his wife works as an executive in the company.
FARGO — State auditors found that an administrator at the North Dakota State College of Science was directly involved in hiring a consulting firm that employed his wife, a link that college managers tried to hide from investigators. Tony Grindberg, the college’s vice president of workforce affairs, was involved in hiring Flint Group, where his wife, Karen Grindberg, is chief financial officer, to promote a career workforce academy the college is working to establish, according to state auditors.
FARGO — A federal judge has modified a 2017 injunction that will now allow requested construction to proceed on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project. The ruling comes after motions requesting modifications to the September 2017 injunction were filed earlier this year by the Diversion Board of Authority. The motions were based on a 2018 permit issued for the $2.75 billion project by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
FARGO — Overland flooding in rural Cass County required overnight emergency responses as some areas inundated that hadn't flooded previously, but no problems have occurred in Fargo as the Red River creeps toward an expected crest at 35 feet this afternoon. City Administrator Bruce Grubb said emergency measures were required in five locations — one protected by a clay levee — and no contingency plans are in place. The situation is very different in https://www.inforum.com/news/1000812-Cass-County-working-around-the-cloc... " target="_blank"
FARGO — Representatives of North Dakota counties and townships have come out against amendments to a bill that critics say would effectively strip local governments’ zoning authority to regulate factory feedlots. Senate Bill 2345, expected to be voted on Thursday, April 4, by the House Agriculture Committee, has changed significantly since it was introduced, in ways that greatly limit the ability of townships and counties to regulate livestock feeding operations.
MOORHEAD — A Minnesota watershed board is proposing permit conditions for the Fargo-Moorhead diversion requiring the flood-control project to provide 100-year flood protection for the communities of Georgetown and Wolverton. The permit also would specify that restrictions on properties in the upstream impact area would be no more stringent than elsewhere in Minnesota — a condition that seeks to remove a federal regulation involving building structures within the 500-year floodplain.
BOWMAN, N.D. — Robert DePalma was heading to a known fossil bed when he got a tip that persuaded him to take a detour to a cattle ranch near Bowman, N.D., where he would make a stunning scientific discovery. DePalma, a doctoral student in paleontology, surveyed the site, which recently had been abandoned by a private fossil collector who found some fish fossils that crumble easily, an unpromising site for salable specimens.
FARGO — The Red River is forecast to reach minor flood stage Sunday, March 31, and to continue to rise to 23 feet, where it will plateau for several days before likely continuing its rise as a gradual spring thaw progresses. The Red River, which crept above 16.5 feet early Friday, March 29, will climb to 18.4 feet on Sunday, entering minor flood stage, which begins at 18 feet. Moderate flood stage begins at 25 feet and major flood stage starts at 30 feet. At a level of 23 feet, the North Broadway bridge floods.
FARGO — Favorable thaw conditions that so far have been "near perfect" are expected to continue through the weekend — but forecasters are watching a potential weather system that could bring precipitation next week. The National Weather Service expects gradual melting to continue in the Red River Valley in a flood risk update issued Thursday, March 28.