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Students Lead the Halstad Flood Fight

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  Sandbag operations got underway in the Central valley this afternoon.

  Students joined in the effort to stockpile sandbags in Halstad. Seventy Norman County West high school students took a break from their studies to sandbag. Basically, the only instruction they needed was to get started.

Man: "Get at it…."

Dylan Johnson, Student: "8th grade…"

Reporter: "You're already a veteran?"

Johnson: "Yea, in 2009 that was a pretty bad flood. I sandbagged every day for 2-weeks."

Reporter: "Have you done this before?"

Haley Waridcke, Student: "Yea, a lot."

Reporter: "What's better… school or sandbagging?"

Waridcke: "Sandbagging…ha."

  Those sandbags are being stockpiled, just in case. It's hoped a lower flood forecast level in Fargo means they won't be needed here in Halstad, 35-miles of Fargo, along the Red River. If the sandbags are needed, they'll be used to fill in the low spots and entryways to a dike system that already protects Halstad.

  Flood coordinators say the best outcome would be…. not having use sandbags this year.

Robin Stene, Halstad: "That's exactly right. If we could dump em in some kid's sandbox that would be a good deal."

  On Wednesday, students are scheduled to stockpile sandbags in Shelley, just north of Halstad.

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