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Community Connect Forum set for Saturday in Cavalier

Strong Communities is the theme of the Eighth Annual Community Connect Forum, which will be held Saturday in Cavalier, N.D.

The program will focus on helping small towns become stable and vibrant, and it will be organized around three key areas: "Strong Civic Engagement," "Strong Civic Infrastructure," and "Strong Community Culture."

The forum, developed and coordinated by the Center for Community Engagement at UND, will feature keynote speaker Becky McCray, a nationally recognized expert on helping small communities, who will talk about building strong communities and the "10 trends in our favor."

McCray, a rural small business expert from Hopeton, Okla., a town of 30, is co-author of Small Town Rules.

"My advice is based on my real world experience as a small town store owner and cattle rancher," McCray says on her website. "I don't just talk about rural issues; I live them."

Saturday's forum will be hosted at several different Cavalier venues, including the theater, Pembina County Courthouse, Cavalier Senior Center and the Pembina County Historical Society Museum.

The forum also will provide opportunities for networking with other communities from across the region, as well as other activities, including an art walk and a "cash mob."

Cavalier, a Pembina County community of 1,300 that serves as the county seat, is located about 80 miles northwest of Grand Forks.

Previous forums have been conducted in Grand Forks, Rugby, Fort Totten, Mountain, Buffalo and Emerado, N.D., as well as Warren, Minn.


• What: Community Connect Forum.

• When: Saturday: Registration at 8:30 a.m., introductory welcome at 9 a.m.

• Where: Cavalier Theater, 104 Main St. W.

• Information: The event is open to the public, but attendees are asked to notify the Community Engagement office at (701) 777-0675; email, at, or visit