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Published March 17, 2012, 01:41 PM

Clinton Revisits North Dakota City that was Once Underwater

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton walked the streets of downtown Grand Forks Saturday that were underwater when he came here 15 years ago.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton walked the streets of downtown Grand Forks Saturday that were underwater when he came here 15 years ago.

Clinton told hundreds of people gathered near the Red River that they should be proud of their rebuilding efforts from the 1997 flood that wiped out most of Grand Forks and neighboring East Grand Forks, Minn.

He said the city is better and beautiful.

Many Grand Forks residents, like 65-year-old Warren Konze, said he came out Saturday as thanks to Clinton for lifting spirits at the time and pushing for emergency funding.

Pat Owens, the mayor of Grand Forks in 1997, came from Florida, where she now lives. She called Clinton "the right president at the right time."

Clinton was to address the state Democratic convention later Saturday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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