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Published October 15, 2013, 07:40 PM

New townsite for Minnewaukan beginning to take shape

After Devils Lake flood waters threatened the town of Minnewaukan, city leaders decided to pack up and move part of the town away from danger. Now the new site of Minnewaukan is beginning to take shape, with the first homes being relocated.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

After Devils Lake flood waters threatened the town of Minnewaukan, city leaders decided to pack up and move part of the town away from danger. Now the new site of Minnewaukan is beginning to take shape, with the first homes being relocated.

There's not much at the new townsite, besides the school that opened late last year, but city officials say they hope it fills up quickly.

Only one house has joined the school at the new Minnewaukan site. It's about two miles down the road from the original town. Minnewaukan has experienced water creeping closer and closer to town during the last 20 years, threatening homes. The new town site has room for about 25 homes. Only a couple of houses are expected to move this year.

The new townsite has water and sewer systems, as well as paved roads, but no electricity yet. But Minnewaukan flood manager Sherri Thompson says electricity should come soon, which would allow people to move in to New Minnewaukan.

So far, six homeowners have signed up to move to the new townsite. The city has also purchased four other homes threatened by flood water. A truck stop and convenience store is in the works at the new townsite. Local officials are excited about the development, because Minnewaukan currently doesn't have any gas, grocery, or convenience stores.

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