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It's a success story that US Senator John Hoeven hopes to see replicated around the Mouse River valley...

This is the home of Marjorie Johnson.

It was underwater nearly two years ago when the Mouse River roared out of its banks and through thousands of homes in the valley.

Johnson wanted to return...but did not have the financial resources to get the job done.

Thanks to a federal program however, she is officially back home -- in a newly rebuilt house.

Community Development Block Grant funds were used to rehab her home with a program called .

Today, Senator Hoeven joined Johnson in a bit of a welcome home party.

Johnson says the program was a home-saver for her...and Hoeven says he hopes as the program advances more people will qualify for it.

To reach that, income guidelines for who can qualify will have to be changed.

(Sen. John Hoeven - (R) North Dakota) "We got the CDBG money in two different tranches. We got about 70 million the first time and something over 40 million the second time. We are still working off that first tranche of dollars and I am hoping we can get some more flexibility in that second amount, that 40 plus million. We are continuing to work on it and see what we can do but it may be in that second round of funding, that 40 plus, we can get some more flexibility."

Hoeven says he hopes to continue securing even more funds for this program, so more stories like this can be told -- homeowners getting back into their houses, rebuilt with CDBG funding.

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