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Associated Press , Published October 25 2013

Longtime Minot city manager retiring next spring

MINOT, N.D. — The man who has managed North Dakota's fourth-largest city for 16 years and helped lead it through a historic flood is retiring.

City Manager David Waind said this week he'll end his 35-year career in Minot next spring.

Waind began his city service with a six-month internship in 1974, according to the Minot Daily News. He returned full-time as city clerk in 1979, was promoted to assistant city manager with both city clerk and human resource director responsibilities in 1986 and became city manager on March 31, 1997. He has worked with six mayors.

One of the most memorable events during his tenure was the Souris River flood in June 2011, he said. The river damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 homes, businesses and other structures in the city and caused nearly $700 million in damage.

Though recovery continues, Waind told KXMC-TV that, "When you look at Minot going forward I think it's an exciting time. There are so many opportunities as you look down the road."

Officials hope to have a successor named by the time Waind steps down at the end of March.

Waind said he is not sure what he'll do in retirement.

"I have some working years left and it might be kind of interesting to maybe finish out doing something else," he said. "I don't have anything else lined up; it's just an opportunity to take a look and I'll do my retirement thing for a while and see if the right thing comes along."

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