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Published December 04, 2011, 10:01 PM

Local man publishes book about East Grand Forks' 125 year history

East Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- East Grand Forks will celebrate a monumental mark next year. A local man is publishing a book about the city's 125 year history.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ, WDAY

East Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- East Grand Forks will celebrate a monumental mark next year. A local man is publishing a book about the city's 125 year history.

The book is called "Everybody Has a Story, Everybody is the Story". Author Warren Strandell is making sure these stories are remembered.

Standell : "So many touching stories. Difficult situations that were dealt with they needed to be documented.

As a former East Grand Forks newspaper editor, Strandell felt he could get the job done. Knowing the city's 125th anniversary is coming, about 6 years ago he started working on the book. Strandell's main focus is on the greatest challenge, the 1997 flood.

Warren Strandell / Wrote EGF Book: "And then we did interviews with over 50 people who were strongly involved with either the flood fight or the recovery."

Many people know the facts surrounding the flood, but not all the faces. His goal was talk with people about what wasn't shown by the news cameras.

Standell: "Things like the earth movers working for the Zavorals. One of the things that they always made sure of is they drove with the cab side door on the dry side of the dike in case the machine would start sliding into the river "

Strandell spotlights the many people who worked to restore East Grand Forks to the city it is today. One, mayor Lynn Stauss, who spent a lot of time in St.Paul working to secure money for the community.

Strandell: "He was many times shunned to the background but he kept fighting and digging and he did come out of it pretty good. "

While the main focus is on the 97 flood, Strandell mentions all the towns up and down the valley that kept the town on the map and able to celebrate a 125th year.

You can buy the book at city hall or Campbell Library for 25 dollars.

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