This week the Red River on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota is starting to swell at the beginning of what may be a very long flood season for the region. This region is filled with interesting dishes from Germany and Scandinavia that you will not see past these borders. Here are some dish suggestions, photo tours, and local stories to help you bring the Red River to your brunch or dinner table tonight.
North Dakota Knoephla Soup – Dumplings in chicken broth with potato and carrots.
Fleischkuechle – Ground beef turnovers from the recipe collection of NDSU “Germans from Russia” website.
Sweedish Lutefisk – As the recipe states “you acquire a taste for (like Haggis).” Very simple – fish, lye and a saw.
Middle Eastern Angel Hair Pasta Hot Honey Cakes – Great brunch entrée or dinner side dish. Super easy to make, could easily change the spices to match any meal.
Minnesota Wild Rice – collection of side dishes, salads, and even a pie from the Visit Minnesota website.
Potato Lefse – Scandinavian flat bread traditionally turned with a special stick while baking.
North Dakota Sunflower Pie – Like pecan pie… but different.
Minnesota Bars – Chocolate peanut butter version. Bars are not measured like cookies. Rice Krispie Treats are considered a kind of Bar but not Brownies.
Tourist Information – Official state government site listing historic sites and statewide events.
USGS Photos – Photo tour of past floods from 1897 to 2001.
World’s Largest Catfish – Photo tour of a park featuring a 40 ft catfish sculpture… monument… not sure what to call it… next to the Red River.
Explore Minnesota – Official state government site with search engines for things to do and places to stay.
Photos: A slow start to flood fight in Fargo-Moorhead – MPR News coverage in photos of the volunteer effort and river level earlier this week.
Red Lake River Corridor Enhancement Project – Maps and photos of the 7 sections being enhanced in Minnesota.
Red River Valley(s)
Flood Notebook – Grand Forks Herald coverage of North Dakota, Minnesota, and Canadian river levels and human impact.
North Dakota’s boundaries – Great explanation and pictures of how the river came to be part of the border with Minnesota
Sunday Flood Update – Video and blog stream following the current events along the flood zone.
Gov. Dayton visits Moorhead to view flood preparations – Officials visiting the as town employees, volunteers, and National Guard prepare for the spring flooding season.
Corps of Engineers prepares for flooding in the Red River Basin – History and current activity of the district Army Corps of Engineers.