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Published August 29, 2012, 11:38 AM

Isaac lures Minnesota, North Dakota volunteers

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. (AP) — As Hurricane Isaac begins lashing the Southeast, Red Cross volunteers in the Midwest are eager to help out.

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. (AP) — As Hurricane Isaac begins lashing the Southeast, Red Cross volunteers in the Midwest are eager to help out.

Tom Harding was among five members from the East Grand Forks office getting ready Wednesday to drive 1,500 miles to the hurricane zone. They'll operate emergency-response vehicles, which mostly will be used to feed victims and volunteers.

The 58-year-old Harding is taking vacation time from his regular job at the New Flyer bus plant in Crookston. Harding tells the Grand Forks Herald that it feels good to help people in a time of need.

Tom Tezel, the head of the East Grand Forks office, says it's a chance to give back from all the volunteers who came to the Grand Forks, N.D., area during the massive flooding of 1997.

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