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Published April 10, 2013, 03:22 PM

Sandbag truckers chip in to buy lunch for workers in Fargo

Truck drivers who have been hauling sandbags around Fargo in preparation for spring flooding chipped in to buy lunch for hundreds of volunteers.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Truck drivers who have been hauling sandbags around Fargo in preparation for spring flooding chipped in to buy lunch for hundreds of volunteers.

The group raised a total of $800 to buy pizza for junior high students and others who filled bags Wednesday at a city storage facility dubbed Sandbag Central.

The donations included a $400 match by Dean Mertz, the general manager of Reile's Transfer and Delivery.

Mertz says "it felt right" to give money for lunch after watching students and other volunteers do the heavy lifting.

The city is wrapping up a 10-day campaign to fill a million sandbags to protect houses and other structures from possible Red River flooding.

It's predicted to be the fourth major flood in five years for Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn.

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