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Over three million dollars flooded the city of Minot in the form of volunteer labor through Hope Village.

More than 500 homes were rebuilt and Hope Village became a disaster recovery model not only in the city of Minot but nationwide.

Efforts at Hope Village have been scaling back for a planned close at the end of the 2013 construction year.

Jennifer Thorgramson tells us about the celebration that took place today for Hope Village's closing ceremony.

Following the Mouse River flood of 2011, there was a fight to restore what was.

On the front lines of that fight: Hope Village.

(Rev. Paul Krueger, Hope Village Board President) "How do you like that? This disaster has been defeated!"

Close to a year and a half of operation.

397 teams of 5,272 volunteers from 48 states and 5 Canadian provinces.

544 flooded homes were rebuilt with the help of Hope Village.

(Rev. Paul Krueger, Hope Village Board President) "What it says simply is this: the flood of 2011 does not get the last word."

(Mayor Curt Zimbelman, City of Minot) "They were doing it for a different reason. Because they cared. It had nothing to do with the money. It had everything to do with caring for their brothers and sisters in the community."

(Jim Hatlelid, Minot City Council President) "I hope you know that your efforts will always be a shining light in a dark time for our community."

(Joan Buchhop, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota) "When we work together, we are stronger and we can accomplish more than just one agency alone."

The nine agencies that functioned as one at Hope Village have gained national attention.

(Kelly Buell, Presbyterian Disaster Response) "FEMA has dubbed this the Minot model for future disasters that will continue like you saw in Illinois yesterday."

While the recovery fight is not yet over in Minot, the need for disaster recovery groups to station elsewhere is growing.

Hope Village has cleared the trenches and passed the torch but the leadership through Hope Village will leave a lasting legacy.

(Rev. Paul Krueger, Hope Village Board President) "Hope Village draws to a close with one word: success."

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

Minot Chamber of Commerce presented Pastor Paul Krueger with the prestigious "Genie Award."

The Chamber has presented only 55 Genie Awards since 1971.

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