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BISMARCK (AP) -- U.S. Air Force airmen have placed sandbags and built earthen dikes to prevent snowmelt from flooding underground nuclear missile silos in western North Dakota.

A Minot Air Force Base spokeswoman says 29 intercontinental ballistic missile sites were shored up beginning last week to protect them from runoff following one of the snowiest years on record.

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