Dakota Datebook

Clinton, Compassion and Cash

Sunday, April 22, 2012


At the height of the anguish during the flood of 1997 in Grand Forks, hope was offered by the federal government and the chief executive. The Grand Forks Herald’s Ryan Bakken recently captured the moment as he wrote:

“When President Clinton first landed in Grand Forks almost 15 years ago, he had a captive audience. His listeners in a Grand Forks Air Force Base hangar on April 22, 1997, included about 3,000 homeless who had nowhere else to go. He brought compassion. He brought praise. He brought optimism. He brought hope. He brought all of the needed intangibles. Last, but certainly not least, he brought money. Lots and lots and lots of money.”

Dakota Datebook written by Steve Stark




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