Minot, North Dakota, saw the bloated Souris River finally start to crest over the weekend after record water levels flooded thousands of homes. But the worst is yet to come for other North Dakota cities and towns. Here is a look at this and other stories that CNN plans to follow this week:
River cresting in Minot, but danger remains
Water levels in Minot are expected to stay relatively high, said meteorologist Patrick Ayd of the National Weather Service in Bismarck, North Dakota. The Souris River last week already topped its record high of 1,558 feet above sea level, set in 1881.
Water levels near the Broadway Bridge were still expected to remain around 1,561 feet through Tuesday - well above the record of 1,558 feet - with a slow drop over the coming week.
Shannon Bauer, a public information officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, described the situation as "touch and go" as crews worked to build a temporary levee in the now-vacant town of Sawyer. "We have not given up," Bauer said.
Michele Bachmann to officially announce 2012 bid
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, is expected to officially announce her bid for the Republican nomination Monday in Iowa, the state of her birth.
"I have a distinct advantage there, I think," Bachmann said in an interview broadcast Sunday on Fox News. The 55-year-old Tea Party favorite from Minnesota will kick off a three-state campaign tour in Iowa, then head to New Hampshire and South Carolina.
"What people know about me is I do what I say and I say what I mean," Bachmann said on Fox. "I think people recognize I'm very sincere in what I say," she said.
Colorado Rapids visiting the White House
President Obama will welcome the Colorado Rapids, 2010 Major League Soccer champs, to the White House on Monday. The ceremony will be in conjunction with a soccer clinic for children of military families, which the Rapids will conduct on the South Lawn. Obama will also continue his tradition of honoring teams for their outreach efforts in communities.
NASA preps for final launch of shuttle program
NASA will hold a news conference Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the run-up to the July 8 final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis. Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim will all be on hand for demonstrations and interviews.
While NASA is rolling out all the stops to make the media and the public as much a part of the experience as they are, it hasn't been all 'Star Wars' jokes and games.
"We've got a complex mission," Ferguson told reporters last week. "We've had a very short training flow, about nine months, and four people. The number of tasks aboard the shuttle haven't changed just because there's four people. So I think what I'm really driving at is that we've been enormously busy."
Sen. Durbin to convene talks on Dream Act
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, a chief sponsor of the Dream Act, is expected to chair a hearing on the controversial bill, which would offer a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children.
Proponents, including President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders, say the legislation would give legal standing to young people brought to the United States who have bettered themselves and served their new country. Opponents claim the bill, formally called the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, is a way to circumvent the Constitution and is a form of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Tour de France to begin Saturday
When the Tour de France begins Saturday, it will be amid a mass of media, fanfare and a cloud of suspicion as doping allegations continue to dog one of the sport’s stars, three-time Tour champ Alberto Contador.
While Contador was cleared after a failed drug test last year, the sport’s anti-doping agency appealed the decision. The case is set for arbitration August 1-3, about a week after the Tour ends.
Doping accusations have surrounding the Tour in recent years. In May a former teammate of Lance Armstrong said he saw the seven-time Tour de France winner use performance-enhancing drugs before several events, including the Tour. Armstrong denied the accusations.
The grueling 21-stage race covers more than 2,000 miles and lasts more than three weeks.