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Headed to North Dakota, need your help

Photographer Jonathan Woods and I are headed to Fargo and Grand Forks later this week to cover the flooding there.

Fargo is bracing for perhaps a record-breaking flood, and Grand Forks is going to see river levels that would be record-breaking if not for the flood of 1997.

We see it as a two-faceted story — Fargo’s potential flood and Grand Forks’ flood protection. Both stories, we believe, are of interest to Eastern Iowans.

We want to write stories, shoot photographs and produce video that are relevant to Gazette readers. What do you want to know? What are your questions? What would be interesting to you? Are you from Fargo or Grand Forks?

Please let us know by posting a comment or e-mailing me at

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5 Responses

  1. I’d like to know how Grand Forks organized its recovery – committees, grantwriting, etc. What mistakes did they make? What did they get right? How can flood recovering parts of Iowa learn?

    By the way, the GF Herald won a Pulitzer for its flood coverage. We’re rooting for you, Gazette!

  2. Edwin Hung says:

    I’d like to know how some of the small businesses are preparing for the flood. Especially those who were impacted 12 years ago and how it is different this time. Also I like to know how the city and state is prepared to help the businesses community impacted by the flood.

    Thank you and have a safe trip.

  3. M. Thomas says:

    I live in south Fargo. I am very disappointed with the coverage of this flood. I have been on the internet looking for pictures of the water, and can’t seem to find much. The photojournalism is very poor. The Fargo Forum is surely not doing as good of a job as the GF Herald obviously did back in ’97. I love taking pictures and would love to be out and about taking some and posting, but unfortunately we have all been told to get off the streets. They don’t want everyone out looking at the flood waters, but yet, we have not seen a whole lot in the newspaper, online, or in the news. Very poor photo coverage in Fargo.

  4. David Toerper says:

    Somewhere upstream there are state and federal hydrologists measuring runoff and flow. What did they learn last time? How do they communicate with each other? What are they doing differently this time? Are governing officials asking questions/listening?

  5. Jessica says:

    What does North Dakota need?

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