Morning Meeting: Flooding Fears, Fog

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:51 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Thursday morning, the National Weather Service bumped up the odds for major flooding in the Fargo area this spring.  The latest flood outlook shows a 70 percent chance the river in the Fargo area will beat last year’s crest of about 37 feet.   Flooding is already taking place in parts of KELOLAND this year. Austin Hoffman is in Pine Ridge today, checking on flooding in that area.

Even as the snow starts to melt, Great Bear Recreation Park is still open for business. With so many school kids out of class the next few days, it’s expected that the ski, snowboard and tubing hills will be busy. KELOLAND’s Nicole Winters checks on the end of the season at Great Bear.

The happenings in the South Dakota Legislature generated a lot of talk at this morning’s newsroom meeting. Kelly Bartnick is looking into HB 1241, which would revise certain penalties for the sale or service of an alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of twenty-one.   It’s a good follow-up story to Kelly’s piece on the most recent Sioux Falls liquor sting that five businesses failed.

And how about that fog this morning!  I couldn’t see more than a block ahead as I drove to work this morning.  Co-workers said it got worse as the morning went on.   According to a weather update by Meteorologist Brian Karstens, the fog and wind are the big weather stories of the day.

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