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Minot Schools Begin Classes

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It is a new start for some of the youngest victims of Minot's devastating flood this spring.

Minot schools welcome back their students today, ten days after they were supposed to begin.

Six buildings in the school district were damaged by water, so classes are being moved to temporary locations like the city's auditorium and dozens of portables.

Longfellow Elementary is like a second home to Carson Abramson. She has gone to the school since kindergarten. Losing the school was devastating. The fourth grader says she did not want to believe her school flooded when the Mouse River surged through Minot, saying "I didn't like it. I tried to ignore it. It hurt my heart."

Carson's mom is also a teacher at Longfellow. She admits the summer was pretty crazy for a lot of families, which is why getting back into the school routine is so important. She says, "You know they are ready. We were flooded at our home and here at the school. They are ready to be back."

Carson will go back to school in a portable, but she says she's excited to meet her new teacher and see her old friends.

The Longfellow portables are sitting right next to the flooded school. Outside they look foreign, but inside teachers have worked tirelessly to create the same welcoming classrooms that the kids remember. They understand that the students need the structure and the normalcy.

It is a new year and a new start with students who spent their whole summer learning about the power of mother nature.

School leaders say they are not sure when the district will be back to normal. There are no real timelines or damage estimates on the flood damaged schools. The district is still working with FEMA.

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