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Flooding Cancels Annual Pull for Peace

Updated: 06/26/2014 11:41 AM
Created: 06/26/2014 5:00 PM WDIO.com

It turns out the river is the winner of this year's International Pull for Peace.

Residents of International Falls, Minn. and Fort Frances, Ont. hold a tug of rope war over the Rainy River every year around Canada Day and Independence Day.  However, floodwaters have inundated the Canadian side of the river this year, forcing organizers to cancel the event.

Instead, the U.S. has invited the Canadians over to Minnesota for an international peace party.  They'll hold a ceremonial presentation of the trophy to the river.

The event is Wednesday, July 2 at 4 p.m. at Pat Roche Landing on the Rainy River Waterfront.  The party will include a free picnic, a kiddie pull, music, and singing of the U.S. and Canadian national anthems.

The tug of war also had to be canceled in 2012 due to severe weather.

People participate in the 2013 Pull for Peace on the International Falls side of the border.

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