Golfers should be back on a full, 18-hole public course in Minot by the time the second anniversary of the Mouse River flood arrives.
The State Water Commission voted Friday to contribute more than 335-thousand dollars towards the repair and stabilization of the river bank of the Mouse River that runs through the Souris Valley Golf Course.
The total project for river bank stabilization and bridge repair will be just under one million dollars, however the Water Commission money cannot be used for actual bridge repair - only for work on the river bank.
Minot Parks Director Ron Merritt attended the commission meeting Friday and says the state money is the last piece of the puzzle to get Souris Valley opened by this summer.
(Ron Merritt, Minot Parks Director) "The work will be done the first of June and then we have to make sure the grass is ready for the golfers. It looked really nice last fall and we'll see what kind of weather we get in the winter and what kind of spring we have but we're shooting for a June time frame to open the whole course up."
If Souris Valley opens by June 22nd, it will do so less than two years since flood water inundated the course, shutting it down for 2011.
The course operated with a limited number of holes open this summer.