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Forum staff reports, Published March 16 2010

Schultz: Rourke gallery, museum art ‘all safe’

Organizers at the Rourke Art Gallery and Museum in Moorhead have been working for weeks to get art out of the basements and up to higher and safer ground, Executive Director Jim O’Rourke said.

The effort to protect the art from the threat of potential floodwaters starts with the most valuable art and the items closest to the floor, O’Rourke said.

It’s not unfamiliar territory for the organization. O’Rourke said they had yet to get everything out of storage from their efforts during last year’s flood.

An ultimate solution appears to be on the way. A project to create a climate-controlled storage space on the top floor of the museum has already begun.

The roof over that floor will need to be repaired. But interim President of the Board Peter Schultz expects that to be fixed by next flood season.

As for this flood season, Schultz says the art is “all safe.”