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Moorhead seeks volunteers for sandbag-filling site opening Monday

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Moorhead will start its 2010 flood fight Monday with the opening of a sandbag-filling site on the north side of town the city hopes will be manned with volunteers.

With a goal of having 300,000 sandbags ready and waiting for a potential flood, the City Council on Monday approved spending up to $550,000 out of city reserves to prepare for and battle a flood.

About $34,000 of that amount will be spent on a 12-chute "spider" machine that can fill 5,000 sandbags an hour.

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