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Wall, Hunsker and their children were forced to move in with family for several weeks, while searching for a new home, where they again worked out of a garage.

"We tried to keep going as best we could," Wall says. "At times it seemed overwhelming. It would be one thing if it were one or the other (home or business), but with both ... Fortunately, no one in Minot died. We didn't lose a single soul. Unfortunately, there have been a few suicides since the flood."

After several moves, the family is finally beginning to feel settled, although everyone is sick of moving. They purchased a new home, a challenge in itself due to a recent oil boom for the area, and have been trying to return to normal. Their belongings are stored in five or six different locations, and while it's still difficult to find things, very little was truly lost.

"We felt we had to try to keep going," Wall says. "One, we didn't want to have to lay off any staff. Two, we wanted to keep our income. At times we just wanted to walk away. It's been interesting."

The family's new home is serving as a temporary clinic. The Wall-Hunskers live upstairs and work out of the basement. They are able to do everything except X-rays, but currently are searching for a portable X-ray machine.

"For the most part, we are able to function fairly decently," Wall says.

Still, they hope to move back into their previous location by the spring, even though there is a good chance the area will flood again.

As the city focuses on rebuilding, the new challenge is finding materials. Construction materials are greatly needed, as well as funds. Actor Josh Duhamel, a native of Minot, returned home Labor Day weekend with his wife, Fergie, of the Black Eyed Peas, to assess the damage first-hand. The Black Eyed Peas held a benefit concert to raise money for the town.

Wall continues to be cautiously optimistic.

"So many homes were lost, I don't know what the economic future for the area holds," she says. "We own the building we're in, so once we knew we were fine (from the flooding), we began looking at clean up. That's going to be our option, our hope for the future."

Businesses or individuals interested in donating cash, product or registering as a volunteer can log on to North Dakota's National Donations Management Network portal at http://www.nd.gov/des/donations. Individuals or businesses can also call (701) 725-4995 or fax (701) 725-4604 to make a product donation.

Ms. Macejko is a freelance journalist in Cleveland, Ohio.


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