Costco to Host Book Signing for Local Author, Terry Shoptaugh, of Red River Floods

Local author Terry Shoptaugh will be signing copies of his book, Red River Floods, at the West Fargo Costco on Saturday, March 7th. Boasting over 200 images depicting scenes of days gone by, the book explores the history of these unique North Dakota localities.

Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, have existed on opposite sides of the Red River of the North since 1871. Ever since, heavy moisture from melting snow has combined with spring rains to threaten both towns with a rapidly rising, twisting river. Minor flooding is almost an annual event, and on six occasions the two towns experienced major floods requiring evacuations of large numbers of residents. The history of these floods is covered in the photographs contained in this book, including many provided by residents, local flood-fighting crews, and state and federal agencies. These images tell the story of how the two communities deal with one of nature’s most common dangers.

Join the Author for a Book Signing!


750 23rd Ave East, West Fargo, ND 58078

When:  Saturday, March 7th, 2015; 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Terry Shoptaugh recently retired from Minnesota State University Moorhead after 28 years spent supervising the University Archives and teaching history and humanities classes. His previous books include You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me, a study of America and the Holocaust, and They Were Ready, the story of North Dakota National Guard troops in World War II. His 2004 publication, Moorhead, is also part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or