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Flood memories: Then and Now

April 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Editor’s note: The Grand Forks Herald asked online readers to share their memories of the flood of ’97 and to talk about how their lives and homes have changed. Here are excerpts from their responses: Continue Reading

Former neighborhoods live on, after ’97 flood, in parks

April 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Tom Reiten and Joan Abraham were the last people to leave the Lincoln Drive neighborhood after the 1997 flood. The homeowners at 1207 Lincoln Drive held out until 2001, when the dike alignment forced their ouster. It was a sad parting of residents and their real estate, as most were in those times. The couple’s attachment to their property was stronger than many, however. Four years after the devastation, they not only still lived on their property, but also mowed the lawns and trimmed the hedges of former neighbors. Continue Reading

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Clinton Visits Red River, 15 Years Later

March 17, 2012 in WDAZ

Former President Bill Clinton spoke about how Grand Forks has impacted him at the Obelisk flood monument this morning.

The impressive way the city has recovered taught the former President how to help out other places that have stared natural disaster in the face.
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RYAN BAKKEN: In ’97, Clinton brought hope, optimism, cash

March 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

When President Clinton first landed in Grand Forks almost 15 years ago, he had a captive audience. His listeners in a Grand Forks Air Force Base hangar on April 22, 1997, included about 3,000 homeless who had nowhere else to go.
He brought compassion. He brought praise. He brought optimism. He brought hope. He brought all of the needed intangibles. Last, but certainly not least, he brought money. Lots and lots and lots of money. Continue Reading

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