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City of Minot sued over property buyout conflict

January 11, 2019

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Four lawsuits have been filed against the city of Minot over property buyout disputes for a flood protection project.

The project was prompted by a June 2011 Souris River flood that damaged or destroyed thousands of the city’s buildings, Minot Daily News reported . The flood caused an estimated $1 billion in damage in the region.

Kenn and Lynnette Simensen filed two lawsuits last November after purchase negotiations broke down. The Simensens said the city made it difficult to adequately assess the properties by failing to appraise them in a timely manner.

The city denied the allegations and asked the court for a dismissal. It also requests the court to approve condemnation, which would grant the city ownership or an easement to build flood protection, and to determine the payment to the Simensens for their interest in the properties.

Leanne and Shane Grondahl filed complaints on Dec. 4. The complaint stated a failed proposed buyout with the city has devalued and limited their ability to lease or sell their property. They’re seeking damages, alleging the city has taken the property without fair compensation.

The city denied the allegations and again asked the court to approve condemnation. It seeks a jury trial.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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