December 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Joe Belford, who has been the face of the flood fight in Devils Lake Basin for decades, is stepping down as Ramsey County commissioner and some half-dozen other positions he was appointed to as commissioner. But, he says, he’ll still continue the flood fight. Continue Reading
August 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
The Red River Basin Commission will tour the Devils Lake Basin Thursday.The RRBC, a non-profit organization that works across the political boundaries of Manitoba, North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota on land and water issues, also will meet at Stump Lake Park following the tour. Continue Reading
July 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
The 800-foot-structure, built between Stump Lake and a natural rise in the Tolna Coulee, is designed to prevent a catastrophic spill from the Devils Lake Basin to the Sheyenne River Valley. The unique design mimics the natural erosion that likely would occur in the coulee, while restricting downstream flows. Continue Reading
June 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Construction crews are installing new ties and laying new rails along a 15-mile stretch of flood-threatened railroad tracks in the Devils Lake Basin.
Work began earlier this month on the $100 million project on BNSF Railway tracks along the route of Amtrak’s Empire Builder passenger trains. The project calls for raising the tracks an average of 5 feet this year, to an elevation of 1,461 feet above sea level, according to Amy McBeth, a BNSF spokeswoman. Continue Reading
April 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Local officials and North Dakota’s congressional delegation met Wednesday for a Senate Budget Committee field hearing to discuss past help from the federal government and outline “new tools” in the 19-year-old flood fight. Continue Reading
March 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Crews spent the past week erecting giant utility poles along county and township roads to provide electricity to two massive construction projects under way in the Devils Lake Basin the $80 million to $90 million East Devils Lake Outlet and the $9 million Tolna Coulee Control Structure. Continue Reading
March 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
The lack of heavy snow so far this winter in the Devils Lake Basin has raised hopes for timely planting in the spring for farmers in the waterlogged area who have had little to celebrate in recent years. “We hope we can start planting sooner this spring” than a year ago, said Dan Webster, a Penn., N.D., farmer. Continue Reading
January 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
The North Dakota 2.0 tour reaches another community and asks local civic leaders what future problems they worry about. Today, the tour will be in Grafton. Continue Reading
January 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Threatened with flooding, Churchs Ferry votes on whether to dissolveResidents of Churchs Ferry, N.D., will decide Tuesday whether or not to dissolve the flood-threatened city in Ramsey County.
The election was prompted by a petition signed this past fall by four of the community’s nine voting-age residents. Polls will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Continue Reading
January 5, 2012 in The Dickinson Press
GRAND FORKS The Devils Lake Basin and other flood-damaged regions of North Dakota soon will receive a total of $276 million in federal highway funding to help recover from the devastating floods of 2011.