GRAND FORKS: THE CITY THAT WOULDN'T DROWN

WHAT THE HECK--THE WATERLOGGED RESIDENTS OF GRAND FORKS STILL BOAST ABOUT THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE

It is the phrase everyone in Grand Forks, North Dakota, eventually utters: You sure can't beat the quality of life here. Never mind that it's like Siberia for half the year and that the only rise in the land is the curve of the planet. Nature can be a witch, they would admit--even before the 500-year flood that submerged the town last week, forcing the evacuation of 50,000 people and sparking fires that destroyed half the historic business district. Still, you just can't beat it. And it took no more than a day or two of watching Grand Forks begin its...

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