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Painting the Rock

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It was a big day for brushes...rollers...and sprayers today at 'The Rock' in Minot.

'The Rock' is the home for Youth for Christ -- flooded two years ago of course.

The job of rebuilding is nearly complete now however...and today, another big step was taken -- thanks to lots of help.

Perry Olson takes us to the site near the old Ramstad School location to show us what was happening.

For Youth for Christ, recovering from the Mouse River flood has been an opportunity to make some changes...

(Larry Stenson - Minot Youth for Christ) "Somebody told me it was pink and I got a complex so we are going tan!"

And a chance to see the good in people. That was on full display Wednesday. Sherwin-Williams employees from a three state region descended on Minot for a project designed to bring color to 'the Rock'...and Youth for Christ a step closer to normalcy.

(Rick Burgess - Sherwin Williams Dist. Manager) "I ran in to Larry at the store here for YFC and I said when you are ready I would like to be the one who will paint your project and do that for you."

Rick Burgess is the district manager for Sherwin-Williams. He says managers from Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota are here in big numbers to make a big dent in the paint project.

(Rick Burgess - Sherwin Williams Dist. Manager) "Hopefully we can get done with 20 people inside and out. We are going to crank some sprayers up and it is going to be a busy day!"

It's all exciting for Stenson to see. This volunteer labor paired with hundreds of hours from others around the region has 'the Rock' close to completion...

(Larry Stenson - Minot Youth for Christ) "We have electrical, heating and utilities in we just don't have the fixtures in. They are waiting for paint so now things are going to happen fast."

The next few months will bring an end to the re-building phase...and a beginning of the ministry again here...

(Larry Stenson - Minot Youth for Christ) "We are going to be in here fully operational before the school year starts. We want to kick off the year with some big events and have them here at the Rock so yeah, we are excited."

And excited to see these paint pros here...even if they are more of a paint-selling professional...

(Derek Klein - Sherwin Williams Minot Store Manager) "No...no! I am much better at selling it then I am at painting...my wife does that at home actually!"

In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

While 'The Rock' has been in its rebuilding phase, Youth for Christ has been meeting at Jim Hill Middle School.

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