Another cornerstone in Minot that was hard hit by the flooding was the Roosevelt Park Zoo.
However the zoo is on the mend thanks to numerous volunteers that are helping get the grounds ready for the animals return.
Shaun Sipma takes us there.
(Terry, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota) "We thought with everything that's happened to Minot over the last year with the flood and everything it would be a good opportunity for us to give back to the community a little bit."
Clad in Blue, the 70 or so Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Dakota employees in town for their semi-annual marketing conference were in full volunteer mode this week at the Roosevelt Park Zoo.
(Julie Riske, Grand Forks)
(, Roosevelt Park Zoo) "The painting, the sweeping the pathway, the raking the ruts. We do have volunteers working in the bobcat pen, scraping the paint, painting the iron fencing. All the perches in the bird of prey pens, the eagle, owl and hawks that's all done that was done by volunteers."
(Margaret Mach, Grand Forks BCBS ND) "I'm from Grand Forks and it's great to know we can come out here and do our time."
Time given to help return and erase the damage.
(, Roosevelt Park Zoo) "um, you're going to make me cry."
Even today a year since the water topped the levees, emotions are very much at the surface.
"It puts us one step closer to coming home."
When that is, a date hasn't yet been set, but with each group of volunteers it's one day closer.
In Minot, Shaun Sipma KX News.