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Associated Press, Published August 22 2013

Flooded ball fields being rebuilt in Burlington

BURLINGTON, N.D. — Officials rebuilding a sports complex in Burlington that was wiped out by Souris River flooding two years ago have received a big financial boost.

The DeSour Valley Development Corp. has donated $100,000 to the Burlington Recreation Commission — enough money to finish work restoring the concession stand, bathrooms and two baseball and softball fields at the Burlington Sports Complex.

Officials expect to plant grass in the coming weeks. A foundation already has been poured for the new concession building. Earlier donations provided money for playground equipment and chain-link fencing.

Officials expect about 700 youth to use the sports complex when it reopens next spring.

"It's part of our recovery," Mayor Jerome Gruenberg said. "We're really looking forward to getting the ball games going again. We have great participation out here. It was really hurting us not to have something. This complex brings people in to notice the town. It's great economic development."


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