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Minnesota flooding roundup: Franken, Pawlenty plan visits to area

Sen. Al Franken will visit Oslo, Minn., East Grand Forks and other flood-threatened cities in the Red River Valley and Minnesota today. The Democratic senator from Minnesota will meet with Oslo Mayor Florence Elden and other city officials this m...

Sen. Al Franken will visit Oslo, Minn., East Grand Forks and other flood-threatened cities in the Red River Valley and Minnesota today.

The Democratic senator from Minnesota will meet with Oslo Mayor Florence Elden and other city officials this morning, to view flood-fighting efforts. The tour begins at 8:15 a.m. at Oslo City Hall.

Franken then will visit East Grand Forks about 9:45 a.m. He'll tour the city's flood-protection system with Mayor Lynn Stauss.

The tour is part of Franken's effort to better understand how to safeguard the Red River Valley from future flooding, his staff said.

The Red River at Oslo was nearing the 38-foot level Friday. The National Weather Service predicts the river will crest at about 38 feet early next week.

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Oslo hit a record flood crest of 38.19 feet in 2009.

After stops in Oslo and East Grand Forks, Franken moves on to events in Moorhead, Breckenridge, Montevideo and Granite Falls.

Stauss also will visit with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Sunday morning. Pawlenty is speaking to the North Dakota State Republican Convention in Grand Forks later Sunday.

Roads closing

Meanwhile, Minnesota Highway 75 closed Friday from Climax, Minn., to south of Halstad, Minn., because of water on the roadway.

Red River bridges near Shelly and Hendrum, Minn., also have been closed because of overland flooding restricting access, said Norman County Environmental Services Officer Kevin Ruud.

"Both bridges are fine. It's just there's no access," he said.

Water is covering Traill County Road 25 in North Dakota, which leads to Hendrum, while water is on the road west of Shelly on both sides of the river.

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Minnesota Highway 200 at Ada, Minn., closed again for a short time Friday before reopening.

The Red River bridge between Climax, Minn., and Buxton, N.D., was open and was expected to remain open.

In Marshall County, two roads are closes until further notice:

- Marshall County Highway 317, from Minnesota Highway 220 to the North Dakota border.

- Highway 220 from Minnesota Highway 1 north to Marshall County Road 5.

Reach Bonham at (701) 780-1110; (800) 477-6572, ext. 110; or send e-mail to kbon-ham@gfherald.com .

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