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FNS Photo by John Stennes Paul Johnson, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee, measures the depth of the snow on top of the ice on the Red River on Thursday between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, Minn.

Lots of snow, but that’s normal for ND: Snow samples measure moisture, help assess flood risk


EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Bill Odell carried an auger early Thursday morning out onto the Red River near East Grand Forks, though his intentions weren’t to drill a hole for ice fishing.

Odell and colleague Paul Johnson are traveling around Minnesota conducting ice and snow depth surveys for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The snow survey samples assist the corps’ water management team with determining how much water is contained within the region’s snowpack.

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Brandi Jewett
Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald and reports on a variety of topics. Other positions she has held at the Herald include city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. While attending the University of North Dakota, she worked as a news reporter and editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Dakota Student. She now serves as one of its alumni advisers. A native of Valley City, N.D., 23 years worth of winters hasn't scared her out of the state yet. You can follow Jewett and her reporting projects on her blog
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