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A National Guard forklift with an extendable boom carries to volunteers a pallet of sandbags that were needed to quickly build a half-mile-long levee Sunday to protect Hendrum. An earthen dike, at the center, is protecting the southern side of the city from the river water at top right. (Dave Wallis/The Forum)

Hendrum races to save city

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HENDRUM, Minn. - The Red River caught this community 30 miles north of Moorhead by nasty surprise Sunday.

With ice jams impeding its advance downstream, the river swelled rapidly, from the base of the 5-foot dike surrounding Hendrum to just a few inches shy of its top.

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