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Northern Valley Law Enforcement Memorial to be finished next year

The centerpiece stone for the memorial shattered while in transit, causing the delay

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Concep art from ICON Architectural Group, for the Northern Valley Law Enforcement Memorial. (submitted)
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GRAND FORKS – The Northern Valley Law Enforcement Memorial at Optimist Park in Grand Forks won’t be completed this year as was once hoped for.

Bob Rost, retired Grand Forks County Sheriff, current Grand Forks County commissioner and head of the steering committee for the memorial, said the completion date for the memorial has been pushed back to June of next year.

The reason for the setback is because the centerpiece stone for the memorial shattered while in transit. Rost said a new centerpiece has been ordered, but it won’t arrive until November.

“It’s going to be too cold to be setting granite stuff so we’re kind of looking at June of next year,” Rost said. “Depending on how spring goes it could be May, it may be June.”

Currently, work is being done by Tony Anderson Construction to pour the stamped concrete for the plaza, which will have a connection to the warming house. Other features of the memorial will include flagpoles, memorial benches and pavers, as well as a granite monument with four sections representing each jurisdiction in the Northern Valley. The memorial will honor law enforcement officers from northwest Minnesota, northeast North Dakota and Manitoba, who have died in the line of duty.


In a previous interview with the Herald , Rost said he hopes people will gather at the memorial in the future for the Northern Valley Police Week Memorial Service held every year in May.

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Fundraising for the memorial has taken place since 2020 with the goal to raise $250,000. One of the biggest contributors include the Red River Valley Motorcyclists Club, who raised $30,000 last year during the Red River Valley Motorcyclists Bike and Car Show Fundraiser, and $21,500 during this year’s fundraiser . Rost said they plan to donate at next year’s fundraiser as well.

Other contributors include Art and Debbie Bakken who donated $10,000 last year, and the Park District who used the memorial project as the beneficiary for the Grand Forks Parks and Recreation Foundation 2021 and 2022 Giving Hearts Day campaigns.

While more than $300,000 has been raised for the memorial, Rost said $62,000 is still needed as inflation has raised the cost of items. Fundraiser efforts to get the $62,000 will be done throughout the fall.

“We’ve got to come up with some other fundraising options,” Rost said.

Any extra contributions made will go toward maintaining the memorial like changing out the flags and ensuring the lights are working.

Donations for the memorial can be made on the Park District's Foundation website .

Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

Readers can reach Arbegast at 719-235-8640 or MArbegast@gfherald.com.

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