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- Purpur, Gambucci, Blue Line Club, and Eagles arenas, plus the ICON Sports Center closed at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 and are set to remain closed through the end of March.
- Choice Health & Fitness centers closed at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 and will remain closed for the remainder of March. Fitness center staff are set to contact members about refunds.
- Altru Family YMCA announced Wednesday, March 18 that it is closed for general use through March 31. In order to provide child care services to first responders, the Y's Educational Center will remain open until further notice.
- AARP free tax preparation sessions: Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the free AARP tax preparation sessions that were being offered Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through April 15 at the East Grand Forks Campbell Library have been canceled.
Grand Forks Senior Center: Beginning Monday, March 16, and for the foreseeable future all activities are canceled at the Grand Forks Senior Center. Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, and for all weekdays in the foreseeable future, the Grand Forks Senior Center will have a drive-thru service for a hot noon meal (from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.). People 60 and older can pull up to the front of the building and the center will bring a meal to them. People will not get out of their vehicle. The senior center said it will not accept payment at these drive-thrus. If people choose to pay later, they are asked to keep track of the number of meals they have picked up.
- East Grand Forks Senior Center: The East Grand Forks Senior Center will be closed until further notice. However, the Meals On Wheels Program will continue while the center is closed so that those who receive the meals will continue to do so.
- Norsk Høstfest: The 2020 Norsk Høstfest festival has been canceled, the event’s board of directors announced Wednesday, March 18.
Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation: The Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation has postponed its annual meeting which was scheduled for March 26 at the Alerus Center. The event will be held at a later date.
Alice Cooper: Another postponement victim is Alice Cooper. The shock rocker was set to play the Alerus Center on April 10, but a Friday press release stated Cooper is rescheduling his spring 2020 tour for the fall. According to the release, people who have purchased tickets are asked to hold them, as they may be valid for the rescheduled show. Further information about previously purchased tickets and VIP packages can be found at alicecooper.com.
Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce: The Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce postponed its Business After Hours event that was slated to be held March 19 at Retrax, in Grand Forks. An email to the Herald from the chamber noted event organizers will announce a new date for the event when it has been set.
Basketball tournament: The Grand Am and Junior Grand Am Basketball Tournaments also have been canceled. The adult Grand Am was to be held at Betty Engelstad Arena and the Central and Red River High School gymnasiums, as well as at South Middle School, on March 27-29. The Junior Grand Am tournament was to be held at area schools from April 3-5.
Dakota Science Center: Due to the growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Dakota Science Center will be using Plan B for both the Northeast Regional Science & Engineering Fair on Tuesday, March 17, and the North Dakota State Science & Engineering Fair on April 3. Students will be judged remotely using Zoom software. The events will be closed to the public. The Super Science Day event scheduled for April 26, 2020 has been canceled.
Grand Forks Horticultural Society meeting: The monthly Grand Forks Horticultural Society meeting that was to be held Saturday, March 21 at the Myra Museum has been canceled.
Diapers and diaper wipes drive: A diaper and diaper wipes drive that was to start Sunday, March 22, at the Women's Pregnancy Center in the Grand Cities Mall has been postponed.
Lutheran Social Services: Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and Imagine Thriving will be postponing screenings of "Not Alone" and "Screenagers" in North Dakota communities until further notice..
Youth for Christ banquet: The Monday, March 30, banquet at the Alerus Center is canceled; guest speaker was to be Bob Mortimer, triple-amputee and cross-country cyclist -- Youth for Christ is planning a "virtual banquet" instead.
Bremer Bank: Bremer Bank announced Monday it would close all lobbies and keep the drive-thrus open throughout its three-state footprint of Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Bremer’s ATMs and night deposit boxes will also stay open. The closures will begin Wednesday March 18, and will continue until further notice.
Life Skills and Transition Center, Grafton: The Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton announced visitor restrictions Monday "to protect the health and well-being of individuals living at the state-operated, comprehensive support agency for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities," according to the state human services department No visitors will be allowed for the next 30 days. In addition, home visits by people served at LSTC have been canceled. The LSTC will reevaluate its visitation policy again on April 15.
Greater Grand Forks Visitors Bureau: The Greater Grand Forks Visitors Bureau will be closed this week, March 16 through March 22. The visitors bureau says will evaluate the situation at the end of the week and determine a future plan at that time.
The Village Family Services: An adoption information meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23, in Grand Forks has been canceled. Anyone seeking information about adoption can contact Sue Grundysen at 701-451-4940.
Grand Forks library: The Grand Forks library will be closed until further notice, effective Tuesday. This includes all programs and events, storytimes, and book clubs. Book drops, including the ones at Choice Health & Fitness, the YMCA, and Thompson Public School, will also be closed during this time. Library materials will not need to be returned until the library has reopened and no late fees will accrue during that time. Online resources are available at gflibrary.com.
The East Grand Forks Ducks Unlimited banquet scheduled for Friday, April 3, has been postponed and will be rescheduled sometime in the future.
The Grand Forks Audubon meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the East Grand Forks Campbell Library has been postponed.
Fish fry: The Ness Church Walleye fish fry in Mekinock, N.D. scheduled for Friday, March 20 is canceled.
Community Foundation: The Community Foundation office will be closed to the public through March 27. Although the doors may be locked, staff will be working remotely to ensure the efficient operation and careful oversight of the Foundation, the Foundation said.
Pembina County: The Pembina County Courthouse and administrative buildings will be locked in response to the coronavirus. Offices will remain open, and may be reached by phone. In-person meetings can also be arranged by phone as well. Customers must make appointments ahead of time by phone as no one will be allowed inside without appointment. At this time, there is no date set when the doors will be reopened.
Polk County Public Health: All blood pressure and foot clinics throughout all of Polk County will be canceled through March 27.
East Grand Forks Heritage Village: The East Grand Forks Heritage Village Fun'd'nite will be postponed due to the recent health issues and restrictions on social interaction. The Heritage Village asks for people to stay tuned for a future date.
Bowling: The North Dakota State USBC Board of Directors has decided to cancel the North Dakota State USBC Open tournament, the North Dakota State USBC Women’s tournament and the North Dakota State USBC Youth tournament and the North Dakota State Youth Pepsi Tournament. The tournaments were scheduled for April.
Empire Arts Center: The Empire Arts Center has made the decision to cancel or postpone most events through mid-May. "In order to protect our patrons and employees during this rapidly-growing global health threat, we are urging theatre-lovers in our community to follow the CDC’s updated guidelines on social distancing. Your safety is our number one priority," the Empire said in an email to the Herald.
The NVYO "Music in Bloom" event, scheduled for April 5, has been cancelled. An online/virtual fundraiser will take place in the original event time frame, when organizers hope to announce a new date.
Beginning Experience: Coping with Life Alone: The support group, Beginning Experience: Coping with Life Alone, which was to have begun Sunday, March 29, at St. Michael’s Pastoral Center, has been canceled indefinitely.
Widow/widower support group: The Widow/Widower Support Group that has been meeting Mondays at Calvary Lutheran Church has been canceled until the fall.
Northern Valley Youth Orchestra: The Northern Valley Youth Orchestra is postponing the All Seasons in-person part of Music in Bloom, scheduled for April 5, to a time to be determined in the summer.
Unforgettables Choir: The Unforgettables Choir will be not be meeting for the remainder of the spring session due to the coronavirus. The choir and the Memory Cafe will start again this fall.
Flea market: The Antiques Flea Market scheduled for Saturday, March 21, in the Grand Cities Mall is canceled. The next flea market is scheduled for May 16.
Carmike 10 Movie Theatre: The Carmike 10 Theatre, 2306 32nd Ave. S., Grand Forks, closed Tuesday, March 17 for six to 12 weeks.
North Dakota Museum of Art: The North Dakota Museum of Art has decided to close to the public through Sunday, April 5. The Museum of Art says it will be assessing the situation more in the coming days and following the lead of health officials. The Museum Café is also closed for in-dining and take out. The Dover Quartet performance set for Sunday, April 5 has been postponed until the fall. The Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction has also been postponed until further notice.
Campbell Library: The Campbell Library will be closed as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and will remain closed until further notice. During this time there will be no fines on materials. Residents with questions can call the library at 218-773-9121 or visit the library page for information.
Masterworks concert: The Grand Forks Chorales has postponed indefinitely the Masterworks concert of Anton Bruckner's "Mass in E Minor" which was scheduled for May 2.
Mitigation Plan meeting: The Grand Forks County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan meeting scheduled on Monday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. has been canceled.
Planet Fitness: Planet Fitness in Grand Forks will be closed until further notice after 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.
Fundraiser: The annual Disabled American Veterans Fundraiser Auction which was scheduled for March 28 at the American Legion Club in East Grand Forks has been postponed until a later date.
Car show: The 2020 Prime Steel Car Show scheduled for April 4 and 5, has been canceled.
Gardening: Gardening Saturday, on Saturday, April 4, hosted by NDSU Extension and the Grand Forks Horticultural Society has been canceled.
UND is canceling all events with more than 100 attendees, including events at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, Hyslop and other University-owned facilities. This decision will remain in effect through Sunday, April 5, 2020. Events that are currently scheduled or planned with less than 100 must be re-reviewed and approved by the unit’s vice president.
The following events outside of the April 5 window have also been canceled:
- Time Out Wacipi Powwow and Indian Studies Association Time Out Week
- 2020 Collegiate Drone Racing Championship
- Northeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair
- North Dakota State Science Fair
- Annual Staff Recognition and Years of Service
- Staff Spring Fling
Any planned events of any size beyond April 5 must be reviewed by the designated University’s COVID-19 point person, Provost Tom DiLorenzo. If you have questions, call 701-777-2167.
UND will conduct classes online beginning Monday, March 23, through at least Friday, April 3. In-person classes are currently set to begin again on Monday, April 6, though that date could change.
Other university-related events
- The State Board of Higher Education nominating committee meeting that was set for Monday, March 16, has been postponed. The meeting would have determined the final candidates to fill the vacant seat on the State Board of Higher Education, which was left by the departure of new federal judge Dan Traynor. A new meeting date has not been set.
- Many universities and colleges are going online amid the pandemic. Learn more about what each school is doing with this story.
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