Troops head to Moorhead to fight flood

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Two-hundred Minnesota National Guard soldiers are heading to Moorhead to help combat rising flood waters. The troops snapped into action after Gov. Mark Dayton declared a flood emergency in 46 counties.

Col. Dirk Kloss of the Guard told the Alexandria Echo Press the soldiers “will help patrol dikes and provide ‘a quick reaction force’ to conduct dike repairs.”

North Dakota troops will flank the Red on their side of the river for the third year in a row.

For more flood coverage keep tabs on MPR’s Floods ’11 blog.

Also on MN Today:

$900 million in road projects planned this year

Governor Mark Dayton unveiled road projects that are slated to commence this year. The Star Tribune reports, “This won’t be a record year for dollars spent on state highway construction, but it will be close. Totals in the past two years were buoyed by federal stimulus money and the state Legislature’s 2008 transportation package. Some of those funds have carried over to 2011, Sorel said. The highway projects undertaken in 2010 cost $1.3 billion.”

Here’s a look at the statewide projects. Click the map for more details.

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Big bucks for UMD-Notre Dame Frozen Four tickets

Lower-level, center-ice tickets were selling for as high as $1,200 each on Wednesday (Duluth News Tribune).

Hastings Drama Club faces repercussions for party gone wrong

“When they realized some kids were going through this and weren’t taking this the way they intended, they stopped it themselves,” HHS Principal Mike Johnson said. “Then they came to school and reported it themselves. They stopped it, and they reported it” (Hastings Star Gazette).

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