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President Clinton to be thanked by Grand Forks for flood help

Former President Bill Clinton will get special thanks on Saturday for his assistance in helping the cities of Grand Forks, N.D, and East Grand Forks, Minn., recover from the 1997 flood.

Clinton is in the area for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party state convention, so city officials thought it would be a good time to honor him for the flood work, says the Grand Forks Herald.

He’ll get the keys to both cities when he speaks at the flood commemorative obelisk on the Grand Forks bank of the Red River.

Clinton toured the area after the devastating floods and is “credited by area leaders for directing federal resources toward their recovery,” the paper said.

“He made some promises here, and he kept every one of them,” said Grand Forks City Council President Hal Gershman, who helped plan the event.

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