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Minot State expects enrollment drop due to flood

MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- Minot State University officials are preparing for a 10 percent drop in enrollment this fall, after record Souris River flooding in the city this summer.

University President David Fuller tells the Minot Daily News that University of North Dakota personnel have told him to expect such a drop based on what happened at the Grand Forks campus following the 1997 Red River flood.

Fuller says that could mean a $1 million hit to Minot State's budget, and he's asking faculty and staff to help save money. One way might be dropping classes that have few students, or combining them with other classes.

MSU also is preparing for a shortage of housing and parking. Temporary housing is being put up, and Fuller is asking faculty and staff to carpool.