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Red River to top 1997 level by Thursday night, reach 40 feet early Friday

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FARGO - The Red River, with residents racing against time to build dikes and sandbag to protect cities and homes throughout the region, is now expected to crest a full day earlier than previous predictions.

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"They really need to take this serious," said Greg Anderson, president of Oakport Township north of Moorhead, as he scrambled to brace for rising river levels.

Anderson didn't have much time to chat, but said the new crest prediction is serious.

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