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The War on Minot Weeds

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Minot has come a long way in the two years since the devastating 2011 Mouse River Flood.  Homes have been rebuilt and residents have moved back in.  But in many of the vacant lots along the river, where homes once stood, weeds have taken over.  But a group of people is trying to put a stop to that.

"I think the key is to keep the momentum going.  It might still be two years after the flood, but there's still work to be done, there's still a lot of people out doing work on their homes," says Katie Haarsager, with Enbridge. 

So, to help with the recovery effort, the North Dakota Petroleum Council joined forces with local Oil companies and City agencies for the kick off of the River Valley Clean Up.

"I can see a tremendous amount of progress having been made, but obviously there's still a lot of work left to be done, and we're just trying to be out helping any way we possibly can," stated Viktor Henriksson, a clean up volunteer and member of the Souris Basin Planning Council.  "The Petroleum Council and their North Dakota Oil Can program does a great job of rallying together all of the different industry companies.  Whether it be service providers, producers, pipeline companies, and just getting all of their employees out and into the communities that we're involved in," Haarsager adds.

Teams of workers were at vacant lots along Minot's levy's and dikes, weed-wacking, racking and cutting down the overgrowth. 

"It's a real eye-sore for the homeowners, it's an eye-sore for people just driving by.  Hopefully as we move forward and people see that we're doing these, we can get into those private lots that haven't given permission yet to cut down some of those other weeds that are standing up as well," says Tessa Sandstrom with the North Dakota Petroleum Council.

The Group plans to cover 87 lots this weekend, and wants to cover some of Minot's riverbanks. 

"Minot is a major hub city for a lot of the activity taking place in the Bakken.  There are a lot of businesses that have their headquarters here, and there are a lot of employees that live here that commute to the Bakken.  So, it's really important that we maintain the quality of life in all of our communities," states Sandstrom. 

"I would encourage anybody to come out and help.  Like I said, we were all affected and we all want the best for Minot, so the more people that can get out here and help the better," adds Henricksson.

The Clean Up effort will continue tomorrow from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Anyone looking to volunteer can head to Enbridge's ArrowHead Mall location.  And to stay up to date on the North Dakota Petroleum Council's events, check out their website at NothDakotaOilCan.com.

 

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