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Hess Corp donates $1 million to flood victims in Minot, elsewhere in North Dakota

AP Photo Floodwaters from the Souris River surround homes in Minot on Monday. Just 375 of the 4,000 homes in flooded areas were insured for floods, FEMA spokesman John Ashton said.

MINOT -- Flood relief efforts received a $1 million boost on Tuesday from an oil and gas company operating in western North Dakota.

Hess Corp. donated $750,000 to the Minot Area Community Foundation and $250,000 to the North Dakota Community Foundation to provide services to flood victims and assist in long-term recovery in Minot and across the state.

"We are deeply concerned about the people who are suffering from the devastation caused by the floods that have occurred in North Dakota," Hess Chairman and CEO John Hess said in a


The donation, combined with an initial $250,000 donation from the Minot Area Community Foundation, means the Minot Area Recovery Fund should meet its first goal of $1 million for the city's recovery efforts, a news release from Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said.

The Minot foundation, which established the fund, named actor Josh Duhamel as its honorary chairman and is now working to meet or exceed an overall goal of more than $2 million, the release said.

Hess Corp. has offered a matching gift program for its employees who want to make a personal donation.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple thanked Hess for the support.

"Private donations are going to play an important role in helping Minot and other communities recover from unprecedented flooding," Dalrymple said in a statement.

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