Weather Forecast

Impoundments such as the Brandt-Angus impoundment in northwest Minnesota were built for flood control, but they're providing a secondary benefit as birdwatching destinations. (Brad Dokken photo)

Northwest Minnesota watershed district taps into tourism potential of flood control impoundments

Email News Alerts

By Brad Dokken / Grand Forks Herald

WARREN, Minn. — Danny Omdahl knew nothing of buffleheads or pelican nests until the local watershed district built a series of five impoundments to manage the floodwaters that sometimes ravaged this tabletop-flat area of northwest Minnesota.

“I’d never seen a bufflehead — I never knew they existed,” Omdahl, of Warren, said of the small diver duck species.

He does now.

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet?

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at and we can help you.

Forum News Service
The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, stretching from the oilfields of western North Dakota to the plains of South Dakota and to the shores of eastern Minnesota. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.