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Area companies look to grow from work out west

August 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Luke Holen had been working out in the Oil Patch of western North Dakota for about three years when he returned home to Walhalla, N.D., with an idea on how he might cash in on the oil boom. Luke and his father, Harry, started Holen Trucking this past winter, hauling production water used in drilling oil rigs not water fo Continue Reading

Neche farmer: Canadians rerouting floodwaters illegally

April 22, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A Neche, N.D., resident has notified the North Dakota State Water Commission of what he claims are alterations to a Canadian dike, in violation of the terms of a pending lawsuit. Continue Reading

Northern RRV remains watchful as waters still rise

April 21, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

South of Pembina, measurements are all heading downVigilance remained high Thursday in Neche, N.D., where the Pembina River remained near its crest of about 21.75 feet. But the sense is it won’t get any worse, said Mayor Lee Beattie, who was out checking on things into the evening. Continue Reading

Students sandbag in advance of dual crest in Pembina

April 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

While troops from the North Dakota National Guard were being dispatched to Pembina Tuesday and U.S. Customs and Border Protection was keeping its eye on both the water and the Canadian border, the North Border School District sandbag patrol was making quick work of filling some 12,000 sandbags by hand. Continue Reading

2011 FLOODS: Pembina River comes up quick

April 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Adam Liden, Kent Simmons and Wayne Basher stood on a railroad bridge over the Pembina River here Monday morning, studying what looked to be stringer a large wooden bridge support post that runs parallel to the tracks bobbing in the rushing river from the north side of the bridge. Continue Reading

Area towns prepare for the coming water

April 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Neche, N.D., likely will have to wait until next week for the expected overland flooding from the west to arrive. The Pembina County town received a taste of water overtopping roads early Monday, but the flows surprisingly stopped. Continue Reading

Neche, N.D. experiences different kind of flood

April 12, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Lee Beattie felt like the fishing guide who tells his customer that “you should have been here yesterday.” The Neche mayor wanted to show visiting Gov. Jack Dalrymple the chronic overland flooding from the outbreaks of the Pembina River. But unruly water was nowhere to be found Tuesday afternoon, 36 hours after it lapped at the road on Neche’s western fringe after a five-foot rise in one day. Continue Reading


April 11, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Gov. Dalrymple, FEMA officials to tour GF, Neche
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple will visit today with city and county leaders from Grand Forks, Pembina and Neche to learn more about area flooding and flood-fighting efforts. Continue Reading

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