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Associated Press, Published December 08 2011

Plan to acquire Minot properties moves forward

MINOT, N.D. — An $18.7 million plan to acquire 124 residential properties in Minot heads to the North Dakota State Water Commission for funding consideration on Friday.

The Minot Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/vTgFXM) that the Minot City Council voted Wednesday to approve the plan. It calls for voluntary buyout offers on most properties closest to existing dikes and in the path of a proposed flood protection project.

The North Dakota Legislature has given the water commission $50 million to assist with flood protection around the state.

Ward County plans to ask for $14.6 million, which would fund 70 properties. Valley City and other communities also are expected to ask for a share.

The city initially will be seeking voluntary sales. Eminent domain is an option down the road.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com


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