Concerns about major flooding this spring in the Red River Valley have Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken heading to the area on Friday to hold flood preparedness meetings in Crookston and Moorhead.
Grand Forks Herald reporter Ryan Johnson says in his Prairie Fire blog that officials from local, state and federal agencies will be involved, to assure that there’s good coordination of planning.
Among those expected: officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as Adjutant General Richard Nash of the Minnesota National Guard and Kris Edie, executive director of the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The public is also invited.
A Crookston meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota-Crookston Campus Ballroom.
Then they’ll be in Moorhead at 3:30 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers.
The politicians are sticking around the area Friday night and are scheduled to attend some high school hockey games Saturday.
Franken plans to handle the ceremonial puck drop for the 10:30 a.m. game between Wayzata and Roseau, and Dayton gets the drop for the 1:30 p.m. game between Hill-Murray and Moorhead.