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Published January 04 2012

Minot fund raises nearly $7.3 million

BISMARCK – The Minot Area Recovery Fund has raised nearly $7.3 million to help victims of last summer’s devastating flooding.

To date, the fund has provided more than $2.5 million to more than 1,200 flood victims, said Mark Lyman, a public relations consultant with Odney. The company was asked to work as the public information officer for flood recovery information.

About $500,000 was distributed through local grants to programs such as the “I Helped Rebuild Minot” sheetrock project and the Souris River Basin Unmet Needs Committee, he said.

About 11,000 people, or one-fourth of the city’s residents, had to evacuate last summer due to the Souris (Mouse) River flood.

Minot native and movie actor Josh Duhamel was named honorary chairman of the Minot Area Recovery Fund and was instrumental in getting the Black Eyed Peas band to Minot for a fundraising concert.

The concert raised $1.3 million to help with flood relief, while a telethon raised $1.9 million.