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Associated Press, Published April 04 2012

Campaign to help rebuild flood-damaged Minot homes

MINOT, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Minot leaders have launched a summer campaign to help rebuild flood-damaged houses in North Dakota's fourth-largest city.

The volunteer-based, long-term effort called “Summer of Hope” aims to rebuild as many as 40 flood-damaged houses every month during the construction season. The long-term goal is 500 homes.

The Souris River swamped thousands of homes in Minot last summer. Leaders kicked off the rebuilding campaign Wednesday. About 50 volunteers including skilled construction workers will start work in earnest next week. Dalrymple says that at the height of this summer's campaign, as many as 300 workers from around the country will be taking part.

Dalrymple last month announced that the state was making $3.5 million available to help cover the costs of rehabilitating hundreds of homes in Ward County.

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