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Shutdown delays approval of plan

MINOT (AP) — The 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government that ended last month has delayed approval of Minot’s plan for spending $35 million in flood recovery grant money, but a decision is now expected within days.

The city devastated by Souris River flooding in June 2011 received the money in May, in addition to about $67 million received and spent last year. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development must approve the city’s plan for the money. Part of the funds will go to help homeowners with flood repairs.

Minot Finance Director Cindy Hemphill told KXMC-TV that the city filed its plan in August and expected a response from HUD by now, but the shutdown put the plan in limbo. The city now expects a decision by Monday.