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Shriners help flood prevention efforts
Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

Shriners have temporarily shifted their focus in Fargo from helping children to helping soldiers.

They're doing so by providing refreshments and for soldiers and airmen who have been activated to help fight flooding.

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The North Dakota National Guard is making sure the dike system in the Fargo area holds. To ensure leaks are promptly plugged, Quick Reaction Forces have been set up at 11 staging areas in the community.

The El Zagal Shrine and Masonic Temple in northeast Fargo is one of those places.

George Vettel, a temple member, said the city asked the organization to keep the building open so the National Guard could use it.

The shrine members are also making sure the building stays maintained during inclement weather.

Bill Hovell, chief of staff at the El Zagal Shrine, said the organization has been working closely with the service members since they set up at the shrine, and he was grateful for the work the North Dakota National Guard was doing.

The community including restaurants, individuals and organizations have also helped with donations.

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