By Sherry Lind, Editor
Just as a blizzard was bearing down on Griggs County and school was getting ready to dismiss early, the Cooperstown City Superintendent Blaine Larson had another pressing problem to deal with: a water main break. Before 8:00 a.m. on the morning of January 11, 2013, Larson received a call from school superintendent Wade Faul informing him that water was bubbling up near the corner of Foster and 13th Ave NE, just across from the school.
Larson had to call for help from Naastad Bros. of Hatton since they had a jackhammer that could break through the pavement and frozen ground. Brent Ellefson of Cooperstown brought in his backhoe to remove the ground as it was broken up by the jackhammer. Digging began around 1:30. They had to jackhammer the first four feet and then dug to a depth of seven to eight feet.
To help find the source of the leak Mike Ritteman of the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association (NDRWSA) brought some listening equipment to zero in on where to dig. They had to dig halfway across Foster Avenue before they found a crack in the transite pipe, which was probably damaged due to a shift in the soil. They replaced the pipe and filled the hole back in, covering the area with gravel until the pavement can be repaired after it warms up. Everything was completed by 6:30 p.m. that evening.