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April 22, 2017
Former U.S. Congressman Earl Pomeroy joins former city officials and others from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks on the Sorlie Bridge between the communities for a remembrance of the 1997 flood Saturday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Heraldplay button
Grand Forks, East Grand Forks leaders meet at Sorlie Bridge to remember 1997 flood
April 22, 2017 - 4:01pm
April 20, 2017
Marilyn Hagerty: Margo the Hammer turns 15
April 20, 2017 - 10:03am
Margo the Hammer turns 15
April 20, 2017 - 10:03am
Before the flood, Thomasine Heitkamp packed a box of items for safekeeping, including a rosary blessed by Pope John the 23rd, a cheerleading letter, silver dollars, a George McGovern pin and a prisoner of war bracelet. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)
Thomasine Heitkamp: ‘Probably the hardest part about losing things really was my son’s toys in his room’
April 20, 2017 - 9:59am
Leslee Smart holds a stack of photographs from the 1997 flood taken by her nephew, Michael Rahn, during his work with the National Guard in Grand Forks. Smart still lives in the same home near Bringewatt Park. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)
Leslee Smart: ‘I never expected a flood that big’
April 20, 2017 - 9:41am
April 19, 2017
Kami Danner, left, and Tiffany Mannausau played on the 1997 UND women's basketball team that won the NCAA Div. II National Championship. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
UND title teams took little time to celebrate before pitching in for flood fight
April 19, 2017 - 11:46pm
Homes in the Lincoln Drive area of Grand Forks were evacuated hours before the dikes gave way April 18, 1997, inundating them with at least 8 feet of water on the main floor. (Grand Forks Herald/Jackie Lorentz)
Grand Forks leaders observe 20th anniversary of flood
April 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
Homes in the Lincoln Drive area of Grand Forks were evacuated hours before the dikes gave way April 18, 1997, inundating them with at least 8 feet of water on the main floor. (Grand Forks Herald/Jackie Lorentz)
Grand Forks leaders observe 20th anniversary of flood
April 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
Michael Harvey models the gear he wore to clean out his basement after the 1997 flood. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)
Michael Harvey: 'Back then, if you wanted to get beat up, you said something bad about Pat Owens'
April 19, 2017 - 3:38pm
Former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer holds a photo of first lady Nancy Schafer (center), with Grand Forks Mayor Pat Owens (right) and Elizabeth Dole, president of the American Red Cross, on a flood tour of Grand Forks in 1997. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)
Ed Schafer: 'We had to look at the fire and say we've got to let it burn'
April 19, 2017 - 3:38pm
Blizzard Hannah, the fiercest of the eight blizzards in the winter of 1996-97, was the namesake of Hannah Vonasek, who was not yet 2 at the time and the daughter of Herald Enterprise Editor Janelle Vonasek. Hannah's beloved toy, Tickle Me Elmo, also had a blizzard named after him in 1997. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)
Hannah Vonasek: Blizzard Hannah meets Blizzard Elmo, and they both survive
April 19, 2017 - 3:36pm
Marilyn Hagerty holds her trusty hammer, Margo, recently at the Grand Forks Herald.  (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)
Marilyn Hagerty: Only Margo the Hammer deserves a place of honor in the basement
April 19, 2017 - 3:34pm
Edith Blinsmon led the fight to prevent the demolition of Riverside Manor along the Red River near the Kennedy Bridge. The historic building was saved, and a floodwall was built to protect the neighborhood. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)
Edith Blinsmon: Resident led the charge to save Riverside Manor
April 19, 2017 - 4:30am
Roberta Cox: 'That's all you can do with tragedies ... have fun with the good memories'
April 19, 2017 - 4:00am
April 18, 2017
Edith Blinsmon led the fight to save Riverside Manor from being demolished to build a dike along the Red River near the Kennedy Bridge. The historic building was saved and a floodwall built to protect the neighborhood.  photo by Eric Hylden / Forum News Service
Flood of 1997: Edith Blinsmon credited with saving Riverside Manor in Grand Forks from wrecking ball
April 18, 2017 - 8:53pm