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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • City of Minot documents so-called 'zombie homes'

  • The city of Minot has documented more than 400 properties left neglected or abandoned since the devastating 2011 Souris River flood.
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  • The city of Minot has documented more than 400 properties left neglected or abandoned since the devastating 2011 Souris River flood.
    Twenty officials from the city's engineering, planning and inspection departments spread out across the city on Thursday, taking photographs and surveying properties for 24 nuisance violations listed in city ordinance.
    The Souris River overflowed and swamped more than 4,000 homes, businesses and other structures in Minot in June 2011. Getting displaced residents back into their homes has been the city's focus, but officials on Thursday shifted priorities for a day to the so-called "zombie homes," City Engineer Lance Meyer said.
    "They need to get taken care of," he said.
    Some residents have complained recently about the boarded-up, mold-ridden and debris-infested properties that still dot the city three years after the historic flood caused by heavy spring snowmelt and rain, saying they are a health and safety issue.
    "It hasn't been enough of a priority," said resident Ron Bieri.
    The City Council earlier this month dedicated $74,000 in sales tax money to immediately clean up the worst of the properties. U. S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who visited with concerned residents on Thursday, said he will look into the possibility of federal aid but that "this is an issue that's going to require more than just Washington."
    "It's going to require community, state, federal government stakeholders working together," he said.

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