THE DULLUM FILE Pat Owens
Had a nice phone conversation with former Grand Forks Mayor Pat Owens as she was waiting for her plane to take her from Grand Forks back to Florida this morning. She visited Fargo where she talk... Posted on 4/7/09 at 5:00 AM
The overall cooperation between federal, state and local governments was an asset to all. We were so fortunate during difficult times to have nationwide support to help bring us back to some sense of normalcy.
Former President Bill Clinton said the scene of a flooded town with burning downtown buildings will never be forgotten by anyone alive at the time. “It wasn’t come hell or high water; it was come hell and high water,” he said. Former Grand Forks Mayor Pat Owens said Clinton’s 1997 visit to the devastated communities put him in the midst of evacuated residents who were “desperate,” “dirty” and reduced to “refugees” as they sought shelter at Grand Forks Air Force Base.
Pat Owens to visit with former President Bill Clinton Saturday in Grand Forks Former Grand Forks Mayor Pat Owens will visit Saturday to join the stage with former President Bill Clinton, and she hopes to revisit the relationship she credits with rebuilding the city after the 1997 flood.
Owens, Stauss reminisce As they waited for the radio guys to work through technical difficulties before putting them on the air this morning, two old comrades-in-arms sat and reminisced about the days 12 years ago when they worked together and the nation watched.
“We were a good team,” former Grand Forks Mayor Pat Owens said.
“Yes, we were,” East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss said.
'You have a big heart,' former GF mayor tells an emotional Fargo Mayor Walaker The woman who came to personify Grand Forks’ struggle against the Red River in 1997 — and the community’s resolve to come back after the river won — Owens was a surprise guest Monday at a briefing presided over by Walaker and other Fargo officials.
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