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Published July 12, 2012, 05:49 PM

Minnewaukan, ND, Gets $1.2M Federal Grant for Flood Fight Help

MINNEWAUKAN, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A flood-ravaged North Dakota city is getting more federal dollars to fight rising waters. An economic development grant will help the city of Minnewaukan prepare for the daunting task of moving half of the town.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

MINNEWAUKAN, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A flood-ravaged North Dakota city is getting more federal dollars to fight rising waters.

An economic development grant will help the city of Minnewaukan prepare for the daunting task of moving half of the town.

All that sits on the new Minnewaukan town site is a partially completed school and a whole lot of dirt. City leaders say the grant will help attract more business to move in.

The $1.2 million grant will connect the new town site to Minnewaukan's current water supply.

"It's going to bring in the water and sewer lines from the old town to the new town. It's a big chunk of money that will help us get started finally," Flood Project Manager Sherri Thompson said.

As helpful as the money will be, Thompson wanted to see it sooner.

"We applied for this money and we were hoping to get it last year and it was just a long process to go through," Thompson said.

"Some of us are pretty impatient to get the thing rolling and I'm happier than anyone I think," Minnewaukan Mayor Myrun Jury said.

The project will finally bring water and sewer service to the new Minnewaukan school.

"The school is probably 75 percent done and they have no water and sewer yet," Thompson said.

"We need to have water to test all of the systems and make sure everything is ready once we get out there," Jury said.

The grant is an Economic Development grant and cannot be used for residential land. Thompson says the infrastructure will help keep business in the area.

"So that will promote a lot of jobs, and keep a lot of jobs in the area," Thompson said.

Keeping business in the area is one way to keep Minnewaukan alive as flood waters threaten the town.

"It's a real viable community. A lot of good people have invested their life savings into their homes and their jobs here and it's just a nice thing we can do to help save their fortunes," Jury said.

Construction on the water system should start in about a month and finish sometime in October.

The school is scheduled to open in December, which should give construction crews plenty of time to install and test the water systems.

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