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Published January 01, 2012, 11:18 AM

Top Stories of the Second Quarter of 2011

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We continue our look back at the big stories that made headlines this year.

We continue our look back at the big stories that made headlines this year.

“The whole thing you have to understand is very simple, significant precipitation all bets are off.”

On April 10th Fargo-Moorhead saw the fourth-highest crest on the Red River in recorded history when the river his 38-point-75 feet on April 10th. The river also set another record this year, spending more than 141 days above flood stage.

We weren't the only ones dealing with flooding; Minot saw devastation flood waters in the Souris river in June, swamping the city and surrounding communities. More than 4-thousand homes had water damage.

On Memorial Day Fargo-Moorhead saw the first of several severe weather systems that swept through the area. The storm brought winds pushing up to 80 miles an hour causing at least $4.2 million dollars in damage and knocking out power to thousands.

In June Minnesota lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on how to solve a $5-billion dollar budget deficit and the government went into a shutdown, idling 22-thousand state workers, halting road work at the height of construction season, closing state parks and halting the sale of lottery tickets.

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