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Mark Edevold walks atop a dike Tuesday near his home in Crookston, Minn., where there was a voluntary evacuation Tuesday. Edevold's home is in the affected area. (Michael Vosburg/The Forum)

Crookston calls for voluntary evacuation of low-lying areas

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CROOKSTON - The Red Lake River rose almost four feet in five hours early today, sending Crookston flood-fighting efforts into a higher gear.

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The rapid rise was the result of an ice jam breaking upstream. The water had built up behind the jam, which acted as a dam, so it came in a hurry. The river reading went from 21.85 feet at 5 a.m. to 25.6 feet at 10 a.m.

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