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Scandinavian Park Stars of Hope

Scandinavian Park Stars of Hope

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Today marks the second anniversary when sirens sounded in Minot due to the Mouse River flooding.

But today was also a sign of hope for those affected by Minot's flood

Stars of Hope is a global organization dedicated to spreading hope to communities devastated by any type of disaster, and it was in in Minot today to do just that.

Citizens gathered at the Scandinavian Heritage Park to also provide hope for Howard Beach, New York, after last year's damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Children spent today decorating stars with colorful, motivational words to send on their way.

And at 12:57 this afternoon, hundreds of balloons with "HOPE" written on them were released into the sky, as it was that time today, 2 years ago, when the flood sirens sounded.

Lisa Olson with the City of Minot says that showing other affected communities how far Minot has come in just two years, is vital in bringing them comfort and hope.

(Lisa Olson, 7th Ward Alderman) "It's huge. We certainly experienced a lot of volunteers coming to our community when we were being devastated, and it's so important for us to be able to pay it forward. It's just part of the recovery process for all of us."

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