Owners of last 10 post-flood temporary homes in Minot face June 1 deadline to remove them


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MINOT, North Dakota — The owners of the last 10 temporary housing units on private lots in Minot face a June 1 deadline for removing them, as more signs of recovery spring up around the city ravaged by the Souris River four years ago.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency brought 2,052 temporary housing units to Minot after the June 2011 flood that damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 homes and other structures, causing nearly $700 million in damage in the city. More than half of those units were placed on private lots, according to the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/1KwJQEa ).

When the federal agency's housing mission ended in September 2013, homeowners still making repairs were allowed to buy their units. The city council approved 39 requests for permission to keep units on private property until June 2014. The deadline was extended to October 2014 and then individually extended to owners who needed more time.

Councilman Dave Lehner said this week that June 1 is the final removal deadline. Those who don't comply with the deadline could face fines, the impoundment of their units and even jail time.

Meanwhile, flood recovery continues in other areas around the state's fourth-largest city.

Christ Lutheran Church recently celebrated the end of recovery work on the building and dedicated a new addition that was a part of the project. A highlight of the project was the incorporation of stained glass taken from the flooded Augustana Lutheran Church building when the churches merged following the flood, said Verla Rostad, a Christ Lutheran Church official.

"We hope people who had history at Augustana will be touched by the stained glass," she said.

After more than two years of work, the Minot Country Club is prepping to open its new course. The club sold its flood-damaged course after the flood and began work on the new course in June 2013.

"The back nine (holes) will open in June with the clubhouse," Superintendent Chris Strange said. "The front nine will open as soon as it's ready, probably in July."

In addition to the 18-hole course, there will be an outdoor swimming pool, a putting green and a driving range for members. Inside the clubhouse, a restaurant will be open to the public, while the remainder of the building will be set aside for members.

"It's been a very long project," Strange said. "We're glad to be almost done and ready for golf."

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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