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Associated Press, Published June 06 2012

Guard soldiers help restore Fort Ransom footbridge

FORT RANSOM, N.D. — North Dakota National Guard soldiers have restored a Fort Ransom footbridge damaged in 2010 when it was slammed by a tree lodged in an ice jam.

Residents of the southeastern North Dakota town of 77 had been asking to regain access to the walking bridge since the flood-related damage. A $10,000 grant from FEMA looked like it would help, but it wasn't enough to replace the bridge, which was twisted and mangled.

Mayor James Thernes approached Guard officials in the Lisbon armory because soldiers had built the original bridge in 1975.

The 815th Engineer Company detachment made the bridge restoration part of its Innovative Readiness Training program, which trains soldiers while giving nonprofits and governmental agencies needed help.

Guard soldiers began work in May.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.