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Staying Home...While Others Left

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Neighborhood by neighborhood, houses have been disappearing this summer.

Dozens of homes have been leveled and hauled away as part of the city's property acquisition program.

Recently, crews finished razing several homes along east Burdick Expressway - perhaps the most prominent of the demolition locations so far.

As Jennifer Thorgramson tells us, in that part of town, it's not the empty lots that attract attention, but the few that residents still call home.

This home on East Burdick Expressway was one of the first homes rebuilt after the 2011 Mouse River Flood.

One of the first in the whole river valley: Clinton and Carolyn Baxter were back home in October 2011.

(Clinton Baxter, Flooded Homeowner) "We were able to get back into the house essentially one month after we were evacuated. At that point we started working on the house and we worked on it pretty much nonstop."

The Baxter's home ended up being one of the only homes rebuilt on East Burdick.

Now as homes around them are bought out and demolished, the Baxter home stands alone.

(Clinton Baxter, Flooded Homeowner) "I'd say we're already past the lonely because we've been without those individuals. It's nice to see the torn down places that, at least they're torn down now where before they were just trashed."

The decision to stay was one the Baxter's had to make more than once: when they came back to rebuild and again when they were offered a buyout.

(Clinton Baxter, Flooded Homeowner) "Seeing how the buyout that was given subtracted the amount of flood insurance given for the house, the amount of money we would have received would hardly have made a down payment on any new place at that time. I do this type of work myself, so I was able to get back in at a much lower cost than any other option to us."

They're making future plans, aware the city could make another offer.

(Clinton Baxter, Flooded Homeowner) "The thing I will really miss moving from this particular place is being able to walk out the door and walk over and go fishing. I've done a lot of fishing in the 27 years I've lived here and that's one of the things I will miss the most by not living here."

One of the first to the finish line, the one that got away, and now one of East Burdick's last homes standing.

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

As of today, the company contracted to demolish the homes for the city of Minot reports 75 of the 83 scheduled for demolition this year have been taken down.

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