STARR Program Asks For Help

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Ward county commissioners met today to discuss the STARR program.

The program helps rural residents who face flood challenges. 

Through the program property owners who own homes along the Mouse River Basin are able to receive assistance for flood protection. 

They mainly want to gain large pieces of land for agricultural purposes. 

But, there’s a fair amount of smaller pieces of land that don’t meet the criteria. 

Today STARR asked the commission to buy some of the smaller areas. 

 “The idea is that we approach the county commissioners on an individual case by case basis to see if they’re willing to take these properties on for some other beneficial public use and then this way were able to help more people out, said Ryan Ackerman with the Souris River Joint board. 

The commissioners made no decision today. 

Instead, they’re forming a committee to study the proposal further. 

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