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Associated Press, Published December 15 2011

Minot getting $30M to replace 2 flooded schools

MINOT, N.D. — Minot is getting nearly $30 million in federal money to help rebuild two schools destroyed by flooding earlier this year.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the grant awards $24.5 million for Eric Ramstad Middle School and $5 million for Lincoln Elementary School.

Both schools were destroyed when the Souris River swamped a large part of Minot. The total cost of replacing them has been estimated at about $32 million.

FEMA previously provided about $8.5 million to Minot's school district for emergency protective measures, building repairs and temporary classrooms.

U.S. Sens. Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Rep. Rick Berg say the grants don't address the cost of relocating the two schools to north Minot, though the city might still get additional funding.

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