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RALPH ENGELSTAD ARENA

Al Pearson barely made it to the event to honor him. The 85-year-old was discharged from the hospital just two hours before the opening faceoff.
The 84-year-old said in recent years these buses have helped him battle his Parkinson's Disease. He recently entered stage 5 after being diagnosed 16 years ago.

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The following piece was published in the "Greater Grand Forks growth and opportunity" section in the Sunday, Jan. 29, edition of the Herald.
The service had been provided for about 10 years prior to its unexpected halt this season. The discontinuation comes due to a hiring shortage which has affected businesses across the United States and the Grand Forks Region, and Dietrich Bus Services is no exception.
The cafe sat at 3450 Gateway Dr. in Grand Forks for five years before finally moving to the new location - a move that has been in the works for nearly a year.
It was such an honor to join you in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the arena bearing my dad’s name: The Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The REA is partnering with Grand Forks Public Health in offering the tests. Testing will consist of rapid antigen tests, which meet Bridgestone Arena’s criteria for entry into the Saturday, Oct. 30, game.
Invited guests chatted over food and champagne, and more than a little beer, before gathering before a small stage backgrounded by a large screen that captured the evening’s speakers. Those speakers included REA General Manager Jody Hodgson, who emceed the event, UND President Andrew Armacost, Mayor Brandon Bochenski, UND Athletic Director Bill Chaves, hockey Head Coach Brad Berry and Kris Engelstad McGarry, trustee of the Engelstad Foundation.

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For just a moment, set aside news that COVID-19 numbers are on the rise in Grand Forks and Polk counties. Put to rest debates about masks, vaccines and whether events should or shouldn’t be held as the pandemic continues. What remains is an events calendar in the coming week that possibly is the busiest Greater Grand Forks has seen since before the pandemic hit.
The onset of fall, and the return of college students, brings a boost to Grand Forks’ population. Some of the city's larger employers are hoping they fill needed spots for upcoming sports and entertainment events.
Grand Forks was the last stop on the 84-day tour across the country, honoring 338 fallen heroes.

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