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Michael Shutt, left, and Chris Lizachowski rescue a driver whose car stalled after driving through rising floodwaters from the Forest River in Minto, N.D., on Thursday morning. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

High water in Walsh County: Drivers tempt fate on flooded roads as sandbagging begins

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MINTO, N.D. — There was more than 3 feet of water flowing over a section of U.S. Highway 81 on Thursday morning, but the driver of the car was intent on crossing to the other side.


By the time she was forced to stop, the water had reached the car’s hood. Lucky for her, volunteers were on hand to pull her free.

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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  
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