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Associated Press, Published July 10 2011

2011 North Dakota State Fair canceled after emergency meeting

MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota State Fair in Minot has been canceled because of Souris River flooding.

The fair's board made the decision at an emergency meeting on Saturday. Fair manager Rene Korslien says a revised forecast by the National Weather Service shows that the river will recede slower than expected.

Korslien tells the Minot Daily News that the situation changed dramatically in the last two weeks, punctuated by heavy rains that fell on Friday.

Korslien says fair officials received an “outpouring of support” last month when plans were announced to proceed with the event.