When fall semester started at Minot State University, Mitch Olson was living in his grandmother’s 1988 Citation camper outside a house being rented by some of his teammates on the school’s baseball team.
Olson, like hundreds of other MSU students, had his home inundated with water during last summer’s Mouse River flood.
“It was difficult to keep everything in order with school and fall ball,” Olson said. “It wasn’t a luxury camper. You heard a lot of stories of people in the same situation. It’s tough, but you can’t sit around and cry. I was lucky enough to have some teammates.”
Marv Semrau, MSU vice president for advancement, said since the flood, the university has worked to provide housing for nearly 500 affected students as well as 120 faculty and employees.