The Grand Forks Police Department has released the plans for the funeral of Officer Cody Holte, who died in the line of duty on Wednesday, May 27.
The funeral will be held in the Ralph Engelstad Arena Tuesday, June 2. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with the funeral service to commence at 1 p.m.
Both are open to the public.
Public parking will be available in lots on the east and north sides of the arena. The lots to the south and the west of the building are reserved.
A portion of the north end of the UND Bookstore parking lot will be reserved for media parking and staging. This area will be clearly marked with police tape and reserved for media use only.
The east, main lobby doors to the Ralph Engelstad Arena will be used as the entrance for the public visitation. The northwest, southwest and main lobby doors will all be used for the funeral service, the department said. People should maintain requested physical distancing at all times, both inside and outside the Ralph.
Hand sanitizing and face covering stations will be positioned inside each entry location, and the department “strongly encourages people to make use of these resources.”
Schedule of events
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the main lobby of the arena. Access to the main arena will open at 10 a.m. via the main lobby doors. As guests complete the visitation/viewing, they should exit the arena to avoid congesting the entryway or allow an usher to direct them to seats within the lower bowl of the REA.
The northwest and southwest doors will open at 11:30 a.m., in addition to the main lobby doors that will remain open from 10 a.m. through the start of the funeral, to allow access to those attending the funeral.
All guests should be in their seats and quiet by 12:30 p.m.
While the funeral ceremony begins at 1 p.m., there are portions of the pre-ceremony that are “important to those uniformed personnel attending,” the department said.
The department anticipates the funeral will be completed by 3 p.m.
When complete, guests will be directed to exit through the main lobby of the arena, maintaining physical distancing, and will be directed to the plaza area to the east of the Ralph.
When uniform and civilian guests have been repositioned, Holte will be led out of the arena. There will be a “flyover” conducted during this time.
The procession will commence from Ralph Engelstad Arena Drive.
The procession is anticipated to begin between 3 and 3:30 p.m., though that time frame may change, the department said.
The route is as follows:
South on Ralph Engelstad Drive to Sixth Avenue North
East on Sixth Avenue North to North Columbia Road
South on North Columbia Road to University Avenue
East on University Avenue to North Washington Street
South on North Washington Street to 32nd Avenue South
West on 32nd Avenue South to Interstate 29
South on Interstate 29 to ND-200A
East on ND-200A to US-75
North on US-75 to County Road 17
East on County Road 17 to Augustana Lutheran Church, Halstad, Minn.
The procession is anticipated to be lengthy, and significant traffic delays are anticipated, the department said.
The department asks for people to plan Grand Forks local travels accordingly between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Drivers should anticipate an inability to cross the identified roadways for extended periods of time.
Per officials of the Ralph Engelstad Arena and UND, no public demonstration requests have been received or approved for Tuesday, June 2, the police department said.
“As such, public notice is hereby provided that public demonstrations will not be permitted on REA or UND property on that date,” a news release said. “Anyone wishing to engage in a public demonstration is hereby directed to city sidewalks at the corner of 10th and Columbia Avenue.”
The police department released health and safety protocols for those attending the funeral Tuesday.
Those who feel ill are asked not to enter the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Groups arriving together may sit together. Otherwise, groups and individuals will be seated with at least two open seats of separation.
No recording devices will be permitted inside the Ralph.
No bags or backpacks will be allowed inside the Ralph. No weapons are allowed. Sworn law enforcement personnel will be provided separate reporting instructions to accommodate duty weapons.