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Published April 24, 2013, 11:08 AM

Minot Amtrak depot back to pre-flood condition

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot's Amtrak depot is back to the condition it was in prior to historic Souris River flooding in 2011.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot's Amtrak depot is back to the condition it was in prior to historic Souris River flooding in 2011.

The depot and boarding platform were damaged by the high water, and passenger service was interrupted for five months. In November 2011, officials began using a temporary waiting room and ticket office.

When the train pulled into the depot on Tuesday night, it was the first time the main waiting room and ticket office were used since the flood, the Minot Daily News reported.

The depot is on the Empire Builder route, which runs between Chicago and Seattle.

"This is an important stop on the Empire Builder route, and it was heartbreaking to us at Amtrak when the flood came, after everything the community had done to turn the station into a showcase here in this part of North Dakota," Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.

Repairs to the building cost half a million dollars, he said.

An open house celebration is planned at the depot on May 22, National Train Day.

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