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The Roosevelt Pool is open for the first time in two years.

Kids lined up today at noon to make the first splash in the rebuilt water park.

Jennifer Thorgramson tells us how summer is returning to the valley.

Ah, the sounds of summer.

The smell of sunscreen and the heat on your skin.

Summer is looking a whole lot brighter through these shades.

The grand-reopening appeal to the senses at Roosevelt Pool is all thanks to a lot of cents from the Otto Bremer Foundation --- $370,000 worth of cents to be exact.

(Brent Mattson, President Bremer Bank) "Our average grant size is about $30,000. To be giving away $370,000 says that the Otto Bremer Foundation really looks highly on the efforts of what's going on behind us."

(Ron Merritt, Minot Park District Director) "We had flood insurance on the building but that doesn't cover a whole lot more than the building and there's a lot more to a pool than that. And thanks to their generosity we were able to get it done."

(What did you do last summer when there wasn't one?) "Umm... Not much. I watched TV."

The Otto Bremer Foundation trust targets childhood obesity in the projects they take on.

(Brent Mattson, President Bremer Bank) "What a great opportunity for kids to get out, have some enjoyment, get some exercise while they're enjoying a great afternoon like today and it also builds healthy communities as well and that's really a focus of the Otto Bremer Foundation as well."

(Kids)

(Ron Merritt, Minot Park District Director) "This is a great day. We've been waiting for this for two years. Thanks to the Bremer Foundation, we could get started on this project right away. We had a couple delays but today is the big day and the pool is finally open for the summer."

Roosevelt Pool is back as it was before.

The building was brand new - only one summer worth of use before the flood.

The silt and stains have been washed away.

Drainage system flushed and the slide (Splash) is, well, it's been flushed too.

Pipes are being replaced below the deck of the kiddie pool, but Merritt says in a matter of weeks, this water-loving frog will be back in business.

(Brent Mattson, President Bremer Bank) "When you get $370,000, our trustees who make a decision on this obviously felt very favorable which goes well for our community."

A community that is long over due for a summer (NAT) for the senses.

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

Roosevelt Pool hours are everyday from noon to 5:30 and 6 to 8:30 --- weather permitting.

They are still looking for a few lifeguards and willing to train toward certification.

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