Alerus Center, Grand Forks city buildings reopen

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Alerus Center in Grand Forks. File photo

The Alerus Center will reopen its doors to the public on June 24, a day before a Movie in the Parking Lot event is set to be held.

The reopening comes from an executive order signed by newly inducted mayor Brandon Bochenski that reopens City Hall and other public buildings. The event center closed on March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic, though limited private events have been held there since the middle of May.

“I feel we are at a point where city buildings need to be opened back up,” said Bochenski in a June 23, news release. “Our local health officials and our entire community have done a great job containing COVID-19 in Grand Forks. As we ask private businesses to open up to restart the economy, we need to open city facilities as well.”

The reopening of the Alerus Center means events can be attended by the public, including the movie event, and an Anything Goes Sale on June 27, which also will be held in the parking lot. The Prime Steel Car Club’s Show and Shine on I-29 event will be held on July 25.

“In coordination with Spectra resources and COVID task force, local leaders and state guidance, we’re ready to open with the city of Grand Forks, knowing that recommendations and guidelines are being followed for guest and staff safety,” said Anna Rosburg, general manager of the Alerus Center. “We look forward to welcoming the public back to Alerus Center.”


Toward that end, there will be only one entrance and exit for each event. People can use Entrance 1 to access the box office and administrative offices during business hours. Guests waiting in line will be spaced six feet apart, and event staff will wear masks. Hand sanitizer will be made available at locations in the facility, and guests are encouraged to wear cloth masks.

Though City Hall will be open, members of the public can still access city services through the Virtual City Hall website, . City employees will still be able to work from home, provided their departments are able to open to the public.

The reopening of city facilities does not include Grand forks Public Library. Information on library services can be found at .

Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

Kurtz joined the Herald in July 2019. He covered business and county government topics before covering higher education and some military topics.

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