With the State Fair quickly approaching, the Ward County Historical Society rebuilding process kicked off with the help of some volunteers.
U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp, House candidate Pam Gulleson, and candidate for Governor, Ryan Taylor, teamed up with volunteers from the Minot and Bismarck Mandan area to clean up flood damages at the Historical Society located on the Fair Grounds.
As soon as the bus of volunteers arrived on location, everyone was quick to put on gloves, pick up shovels, and get to work.
(Pam Gulleson, Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives)"I'm doing some gardening right now. We're going to try to get all of the flower beds around the church here recovered and cleaned out and we'll plant some new plants and I think it'll look really good by the middle of July."
Other jobs included clearing debris and painting the buildings.
Heitkamp says the clean-up process brings her back to a time when she was in a similar situation.
(Heidi Heitkamp, Candidate for U.S. Senate)"When Bismarck was flooding over a hundred volunteers came to my neighborhood to help out and to say that they cared and to sandbag and, you know, we're all one big community in North Dakota."
During last year's flood, the Historical Society saw 11 of its buildings undergo flood damage.