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Sandbaggers raising dikes in Crookston

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CROOKSTON - Officials are keeping a close eye on the swollen Red Lake River here as a voluntary evacuation remains in effect after the river surged this morning caused by an ice jam west of town.

Sandbaggers, who scrambled after sirens sounded at about 9:40 this morning, now are working to continue to raise sections totaling 800 feet of the dike from 27 feet to 28 feet, to allow more free board for an expected crest Thursday of about 26.5 feet.

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