No time was wasted when the decision was made the morning of June 20 to construct a dike along University Avenue. New crest predictions ensured water would reach the south end of Minot State University campus. Construction crews began working that very afternoon.
Twenty-four hour efforts throughout the week came to fruition at 4 a.m. June 24. The night before, as the rising river snaked along 8th Street NW, crews drove through the flood waters, committed to finishing the dike.
"Jeff Anderson (vice president of Excavating, Inc.) and his crew really sacrificed a lot to save our campus," said Roger Kluck, assistant vice president for facilities management.
For that, MSU is forever thankful.
Four weeks later, the dike’s undoing begins. What took days to construct, will take approximately two weeks to disassemble, with crews working 11 hour shifts. Dirt will be relocated to the north end of campus in preparation for future expansion. The fight was hard won.
MSU remained dry.