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The rebuilding process continues for members at Christ Lutheran Church in Minot.

The 2011 flood wiped the building out...but they are slowly building it back.

Now, there are even bigger plans for the church.

Perry Olson has more.

As the flood overtook the Magic City -- it took many buildings...including Christ Lutheran Church in northwest Minot. Now nearly two years later, the church is being used again...but it is far from put back together.

(Verla Rostad - Christ Lutheran Church) "We look around and we still see a broken building."

That will soon change however. This month, the congregation voted to go forward with a rebuilding process. It will include an addition as well. An added gathering space that has most everyone here optimistic for the future. But before the expansion can go forward...some hoops need to be jumped through.

(Alan Pearson - Christ Lutheran Church) "We are all optimistic about getting things passed through the city and then starting our rebuild process." (Perry Olson - KX News) "There is plenty of room to expand here at Christ Lutheran Church...however this is proving to be a little bit of a problem...this alleyway." (Verla Rostad - Christ Lutheran Church) "We had some neighbors who had some concerns. For some of our neighbors to the north the alley is their only access. We have listened to those concerns and we think we have offered solutions that are workable."

Plans call for a very wide alley that should handle the needs for neighbors...and allow the church to grow.

(Alan Pearson - Christ Lutheran Church) "Everybody is...let's do something. But it takes longer than you think when you are planning a building."

Another reason to expand? The congregation is set to grow. The flooded Augustana Lutheran has voted to close...and many of those members are set to come here...

(Verla Rostad - Christ Lutheran Church) "We were really flattered that they saw a future for them in blending with us."

That blending means more people...and more space needed -- so that's the plan...have the church building recover and grow along with its membership. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

The Minot Planning Commission meets tonight to make a decision on the request to re-route the alley.

If approved, it would go to the full city council for its final say.

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