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Associated Press, Published May 06 2013

State money to help ND State Fair rebound from flood

BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Fair is getting $3.4 million in state money to help with its recovery from historic Souris River flooding two summers ago that swamped the fairgrounds in Minot and forced the cancellation of that year’s festivities.

One bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple provides about $2.8 million for repairs to asphalt and a gravel parking lot on the fairgrounds. Another bill provides about $674,000 to pay flood-related expenses not covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“This is wonderful. We are very, very grateful,” fair Manager Renae Korslien said.

The $674,000 appropriation will help pay off a

$4.5 million loan that covered the building and removal of dikes around the State Fair Center and grandstand and the cost of cleanup after the 2011 flood. FEMA money covered most of the loan repayment.

The asphalt and gravel parking lot repairs should be mostly completed by this year’s fair, which is scheduled July 19-27. Korslien said the work should bring the fairgrounds back to its pre-flood condition.