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Cody Kelly, 12, of International Falls, paddles his kayak down the driveway, now a river, of a home in Pelland Junction. Kelly came to volunteer to help anyone he could.

Governor tours flooded homes; International Falls water and sewer plants threatened

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RANIER — The sun was shining Tuesday, but lakes and streams were still rising all along the Minnesota-Ontario border waters region.

Truckloads of sand were rolling in, and filled sand bags rolling out, as part of a breakneck effort to keep floodwaters out of homes and businesses as the Rainy River surpassed record levels and Rainy Lake approached its high-water mark.

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