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Officials catching their breath, while bracing for a second crest

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FARGO -- Local officials are taking the weekend to rest, reassess and get ready for another possibly record-setting crest.

Agencies are operating on minimal staffing to give workers time off, while still planning their defenses if the river rises above 40 feet again in mid-April, as the National Weather Service has predicted.

The river level was at 34.74 feet at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, down more than 6 feet from the record crest one week earlier.

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