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Minot Plans to Fix Abandoned Homes

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The city of Minot is planning to fix up abandoned homes, just in time for school to let out and summer to begin.

Seventy-three-thousand dollars will go towards the initial clean up of flood properties that have been deemed dangerous. Orange fences will be put up around homes that have holes in walls and windows, or even crumbling foundation. Engineers are currently identifying the homes that seem most dangerous, and that's where the work will start. The goal is to keep everyone safe while school is out.

“School is going to be out soon. Kids get bored, and they look for things to do. They may not want to be mischievous, but they are. If there is an opening, and they think they can explore, then they can end up getting hurt. We certainly don't want that to happen. It’s very important that we do what we can to secure these homes,” says Minot Finance Director and Interim City Manager Cindy Hemphill.

The city is also in the process of trying to buy a number of homes in the flood protection footprint that were identified as being in the worst shape. Once they are purchased they will be demolished.

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