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High school students form sandbag brigade to save N.D. homes from floods

FARGO, N.D. — Hundreds of high school students pitched in Friday to place 100,000 sandbags around Fargo in an attempt to protect homes against Red River flooding.

The familiar sandbag party that kicked off what city officials call ‘‘tuck it in weekend’’ began in 2009, when residents fought the first of three straight major floods. Students placed 700,000 sandbags in less than two days during the last flood in 2011. Officials and residents hope not nearly as many are needed this year.

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