March 30, 2017

“Transformers” star Josh Duhamel returns home to raise money for flood victims

By Kim Palacios “Transformers” star Josh Duhamel won’t spend Labor Day weekend relaxing on the beach—instead, he’ll return to his home town of Minot, North Dakota to raise money for flood victims. More than 4,000 homes were damaged in June when the Souris River flooded, including Duhamel’s childhood home and his sister’s house.

At the time of the floods, nearly 11,000 residents were forced to evacuate. Some buildings remained submerged in water for nearly one month, including community structures such as businesses and schools. One of Duhamel’s first orders of business will be a visit with temporary residents of a Red Cross shelter. Duhamel’s wife Fergie, of the Black Eyed Peas, will perform a benefit concert with her band mates on Sunday. Proceeds from the concert will help residents to rebuild their homes.

“I have pride in where I’m from and just want to help the best way I could,” daid Duhamel to the Associated Press. “People [from here] are as strong as they come. I’m not really worried about the will or spirit of the people.”

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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