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Published September 15, 2010, 03:44 PM

Minnewaukan School Gets Fed Money for Move

North Dakota's congressional delegation says the federal Education Department is providing a $6 million grant to move the Minnewaukan school away from Devils Lake floodwaters.

MINNEWAUKAN, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's congressional delegation says the federal Education Department is providing a $6 million grant to move the Minnewaukan school away from Devils Lake floodwaters.

Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan and Rep. Earl Pomeroy say the school that serves about 225 students in grades K-12 used to be eight miles from the expanding water, but now is only 130 feet away. The school's football field already is submerged.

Officials say construction of the new school on higher ground is slated to be completed in late 2012. State and local governments also are contributing to the $7.2 million project.

Officials have been contemplating moving the entire town of Minnewaukan. More than a dozen homes have already been bought out by the federal government.

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