Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation bringing life back to the riverbank

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Seven years after flooding destroyed much of Bismarck, the Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation is trying to bring life back to the river bank.

"I've always felt that the Missouri River is one of the greatest assets to the communities of Bismarck and Mandan, and the state of North Dakota as a whole,” said former Adjutan t General David Sprynczynatyk.

"It's the crown jewel of western ND and maybe even ND. I think it's really important we celebrate this place and that type of history,” said former Bismarck Mayor John Warford.

The foundation started the second phase of its fundraising campaign to fill this empty space with something for the public. The new building will have a restaurant, a gift shop and an interactive kiosk, encouraging visitors to explore sites along the Missouri River.

“It’s going to be an opportunity for folks to come together and be a part of something for the future,” said Sprynczynatyk.

"Those of us that love this community, that choose to live here, it's incumbent upon us to create something in this place,” said Warford.

Warford says the project should break ground sometime in the spring, with a formal opening ceremony in 2019. The foundation is half-way to their $1.5 million goal. For more information, go to www.fortlincoln.org.