Daily Digest: Fargo needs volunteers, St. Thomas student death ruled accident

Andrew Mannix

Hola. Welcome to Thursday’s Daily Digest. 

In anticipation of flooding, Fargo officials look for more volunteers

The Star Tribune reports a “disappointing” turnout of sandbagger volunteers in the Fargo area as of mid-morning Thursday.  In anticipation of the Red River rising to a potentially record-high level this weekend, city officials are calling for 2,000 volunteers to help build a 43-foot high sandbag wall.  An evacuation plan will be released to the 90,000 Fargo residents later today, according to the Strib.

Many University of Minnesota students told the Daily they plan to head up to the Fargo-Moorhead area today and tomorrow to join the effort.  Check the Daily for updates straight from Fargo as events unfold.

St. Thomas student death ruled accident

The death of Josh Gunderson, a 20-year-old University of St. Thomas student, was ruled an accident today, the Star Tribune reports.  Gunderson was found unconscious in a hotel room Tuesday while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Though authorities are still not certain of exactly how Gunderson died, “there isn’t any indication of violence involving his death,” according to the Strib.  Puerto Vallarta police will continue to investigate the death.  Gunderson’s family is expected to release a statement today, the Strib reports.

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