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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano greets people after arriving in Minot on Wednesday. She said the government is here "for the duration." Photo by Chris Franz / The Forum

'We are here for the duration': Homeland Security leader Janet Napolitano tours flooded Minot area

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MINOT, N.D. - The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security assured local and state leaders that the federal government is dedicated to flood recovery throughout North Dakota.

"We are here for the duration," she said Wednesday in front of the receding Souris (Mouse) River near Minot City Hall.

Napolitano took a helicopter tour Wednesday in Minot, which still remains inundated by water in most damaged areas.

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