Media Accounts of the Mississippi River Flood of 1965

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A special thanks go out to La Crosse Public Library Digital Library Collection "History Repeats Itself" for allowing us access to their site and the opportunity to share some of the La Crosse Tribune coverage with you.  We would also like to sincerely thank Access Newspaper Archive for allowing us access, so we were able to look up articles from the Winona Daily News.  Without their help, we would not have been able to provide such a thorough coverage of the newspaper accounts of this historic flooding and some recovery efforts that took place.

Newspaper Date Article
La Crosse Tribune April 9, 1965 State of Emergency Declared - Page 1
State of Emergency Declared...continued - Page 2
  April 14, 1965 National Guard Dike Work Goes Round The Clock - Page 1
National Guard Dike Work Goes Round The Clock...continued - Page 4
  April 16, 1965 Causeway Area Floods - Page 1
Causeway Area Floods...continued - Page 2
   April 18, 1965 Flood Water Continues as La Crosse Observes Easter - Page 1
Flood Water Continues as La Crosse Observes Easter...continued - Page 3
   April 19, 1965 North Side Dike Breaks; Dike Raised on Hwy. 53 - Page 1
North Side Dike Breaks; Dike Raised on Hwy. 53...continued - Page 2
As La Crosse battled the flood on Easter Sunday - Page 3
As La Crosse battled the flood on Easter Sunday - Page 3
As La Crosse battled the flood on Easter Sunday - Page 3
   April 21, 1965 Mississippi Crests at 17.7 feet - Page 1
Mississippi Crests at 17.7 feet...continued - Page 2
Youths Pitching Sandbags Instead of Softballs for Recreation Chief - Page 1
  April 25, 1965 Guard Ends Patrol of City Dikes - Pages 1 & 3
  April 26, 1965 To Dismantle NW Corner of W.A. Roosevelt Building - Page 9
  April 29, 1965 City Estimates Flood Cost at $825,000 - Pages 1 & 3
  May 7, 1965 Some Won, Some Lost Battles to Save Homes - Page 11
  June 9, 1965 Application for Downtown Project Asked - Page 23
  January 2, 1966 Final Flood Cost Is Set At $151,448 - Page 29
  April 23, 1995 Dikes Have Become Part of La Crosse Landscape - Page B-5
  April 15, 2001 In '65, 'It Looked Like An Ocean' - Page A-1
In '65, 'It Looked Like An Ocean'...continued - Page A-6
Winona Daily News April 7, 1965 17-18-Foot Crest Seen - Page 3
Red Cross Sets Arrangements for Flood Here - Page 3
  April 9, 1965 Dikes to Be Raised to Level of 22 Feet - Page 3
3 Minnesota State Highways Still Closed - Page 3
Downtown Firms Prepare for Flood - Page 3
Mayor Says:  Avoid Flood Work Areas - Page 3
Child, 1 1/2 Years, Almost Drowns On Mabel Farm - Page 3
20.5-21 Forecast Now - Page 3
Flood Delaying Fluoridation - Page 3
   April 11, 1965 Work Forces Mobilized to Bolster Defenses - Page 3
Waters Threaten Transportation Here - Page 3
River Flow Faster as Stage Rises - Page 3
Measures Taken to Stem Rise In Lake; Some Property Moved - Page 3
Some Families Move; No General Evacuation - Page 3
Flood Water Blamed in Durand Fire - Page 3
Flood Sidelights:  Have Boat Won't Travel - Page 3
Vulnerable River Area Flood Defenses Tightened - Page 8
  April 15, 1965 River Pushes Out at Record High - Page 1
1,400 Desert Their Homes At La Crosse - Page 1
Ice Moving Out of Lake Pepin - Page 1
LBJ Adds 3 States to Disaster Area - Page 1
Joe Strub Gave Us Two Weeks Warning - Page 6
  April 16, 1965 Some Evacuations, 24-Hour Dike Watch - Page 1
Cold Weather Slows Upper River Melt:  May Mean Longer But No Higher Mississippi Crest - Page 1
Flood Control Paying Off at Dubuque, Iowa - Page 1
Crest Now Seen at 21.5 - Page 3
Rail Service Ends; Buses Still Running - Page 3
State CD Head Praises City Efforts - Page 3
Governor's View of City:  Critical, But Not Hopeless - Page 3
Water Near Dairyland's Coal Pile - Page 3
Students Swarm Over the Dikes - Page 3
WHS May Open Late - Page 3
Water, Too:  The Heat's On - Page 3
Numerous Church Women Prepare Food for Volunteer Food Workers - Page 8
Mississippi Flood Peril in 4 States - Page 8
  April 19, 1965 River Near Its Crest Here - Page 3
Flood Worker Dies After Delivering Bags - Page 3
Storm Sewer Trouble Forces Some Removals - Page 3
Estimated 5,000 on Flood Duty - Page 3
  April 21, 1965 Dangerous River May Be 18 Sunday - Page 3
Wind Major Dike Worry - Page 3
Lake Pepin Calm; Trucks Move in City - Page 3
Engineers Get Loss Estimate of $3 Million - Page 3
Don't Relax, Mayor Says - Page 3
They're Confident on Island - Page 3
  April 22, 1965 It's Long Way Back:  River Sliding Back Under 20 - Page 3
Evacuees Return To Their Homes - Page 3
The Flood Fight:  Sewer Pressures Continuing High - Page 3
$210 Given to City Flood Fund - Page 3
Lake Level Stays Down - Page 3
SBA to Open Office for Flood Loans - Page 3
  April 23, 1965 River to Begin Rapid Drop - Page 3
Differential 9.49 Feet At Lake Gate - Page 3
$10 More in Flood Fund - Page 3
After Two Weeks Mail Arrives - Page 3
Dike Watching Rearranged; End Not Set - Page 3
Interior Pumping Down; No Bagging - Page 3
Water Down Only Slightly On Highway 61 - Page 3
  April 30, 1965 Warm Air Continuing:  River Will Be Back Under 13 Wednesday - Page 7
Good Fishing Opener Seen Despite Flooding - Page 7


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