Fargo and state flood-fighting officials are in full-bore planning mode for this spring’s flood, hoping to avoid panic when rivers start flooding in late March or April.
“These preparations are going to help all of us,” Mayor Dennis Walaker said Thursday, in the season’s first official public planning meeting.
“There’s a different point between panic, and being calm, and being prudent,” Walaker told state, county and city officials meeting at Fargo’s City Hall. “I still don’t feel it’s time to panic. I think it’s still time to plan.”
By Helmut Schmidt and Steven Wagner, Forum Communications Co.
, March 05, 2010
Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker and West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern are among more than 30 North Dakota mayors and tribal leaders formally endorsing Republican Gov. John Hoeven in his bid for the U.S. Senate.
However, state Democrats said it’s premature for local government leaders to endorse any candidate just yet.
By Kristen M. Daum, Forum Communications Co.
, February 03, 2010
The man who led efforts to protect Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn. from record Red River flooding last spring said Monday he favored a plan to build a diversion channel in North Dakota over a cheaper proposal backed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Metro Flood Management Committee’s prefered plan for a 35,000-cubic-feet-per-second channel on the North Dakota side meets cost-benefit ratio requirements for federal funding, the Army Corps told the committee Monday.
By Dave Kolpack, The Associated Press
, February 02, 2010
Every time Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker managed to slip out of City Hall last spring, he grabbed his Nikon digital camera.
The camera traveled to the key locales of the area’s epic flood battle: the Fargodome, bustling with volunteers; south Fargo’s Drain 27, where residents stood up to the rising water; Oak Grove, as April’s most suspenseful standoff with the flood unfolded; and on board a Blackhawk helicopter.
By Mila Koumpilova, Forum Communications Co.
, December 31, 2009
Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said Thursday it’s too early for him to throw his support behind a North Dakota flood diversion project.
Walaker said that’s largely because there isn’t a plan on the west side of the Red River that meets federal cost-benefit standards for funding.
No federal cash, no project, Walaker said.
By Helmut Schmidt, Forum Communications Co.
, November 13, 2009
This isn’t the flood battle Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker wants. (He wants the one Grand Forks is fighting, and he has said as much.)
But it’s the battle he has. And judging by the results, it’s the battle he was born to fight.
Grand Forks Herald
, April 06, 2009
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