East Grand Forks City Council tables agreement for Craft Beer Tasting Event for further discussion

Leighton Broadcasting plans to hold the annual Craft Beer Show/Tasting Event at the Civic Center on Sept. 23-24

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EAST GRAND FORKS – City Council members on Tuesday discussed in detail the moving parts of a facility use agreement between the city of East Grand Forks and Leighton Broadcasting for an event later this year.

Leighton Broadcasting will hold the annual Craft Beer Show/Tasting Event at the Civic Center on Sept. 23-24. A change to this year's event includes hosting a concert, which brought up questions that council members and Parks and Recreation Superintendent Reid Huttunen said need to be addressed.

One of the unknowns is a request from Leighton Broadcasting to remove the glass from the hockey boards around the arena. Huttunen said that will take time and cost extra, since East Grand Forks doesn’t currently have the needed equipment.

Among other concerns, according to Huttunen, are how many tickets will be sold — he wants to be certain the arena is large enough — and what janitorial and security services will be provided.

Huttunen said the rental rate for the contract can increase depending on how many people will attend, the services needed and whether all the glass in the arena needs to be removed. In the current agreement, the rental rate is $1,500 for the event. Leighton Broadcasting Operations Manager Jared Thomas Spoor said he is willing to offset costs associated with removing the glass, as well as overtime costs for East Grand Forks Police Department officers.


Council members will continue to discuss needed modifications for the facility use agreement at future council meetings.

In other council news Tuesday:

  • Council members approved awarding the VFW Arena drainage and pedestrian improvements to Opp Construction, in the amount of $119,026.20. The construction will address the issues of standing water and water running back into the arena. Frost has heaved the concrete and asphalt leading to the doors of the south entrance of the arena.
  • The council approved the updated Title VI and Limited English Proficiency Plan for Cities Area Transportation.
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.

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