Water -- it has played a big part of the story in north central North Dakota over the last two years...both good and bad.
For that reason, Governor Jack Dalrymple signed the multi-million dollar State Water Commission budget into law this morning in the Magic City.
(Gov. Jack Dalrymple - (R) North Dakota) "The law has been enacted...congratulations!"
With his signature, the Governor put into place funding for numerous projects that will play a key role in getting water to people -- and keeping water away as well.
In fact the governor called the bill the most meaningful water commission budget in the state's history.
A big chunk of the funds will come to the region, and the governor says it is money that will help control a river that proved two years ago -- can roar.
(Gov. Jack Dalrymple - (R) North Dakota) "61 million dollars for Minot and Ward County for flood protection in the Souris (Mouse) River area. Most of that money is going to be available on a flexible basis to acquire properties that are needed to create permanent flood protection."
The city of Minot had pushed hard this legislative session to be recognized as more of an energy impacted city -- requesting 20 million dollars in funds to help with infrastructure needs.
While 20 won't be coming Minot's way...close to 15 will, and the Mayor seemed pleased with that amount which is more than double what was sent from the capitol last session.
(Curt Zimbelman - Mayor of Minot) "I don't know that Minot always was...I really felt in my heart that the legislature didn't understand the impact of oil on our city and I think sometimes the flood played a role in that and that that was more of what needed to be taken care of but in the end, we were taken care of very well on both ends."
At today's press conference, the Governor also trumpeted funds from the state to help build a new airport terminal in Minot.