East Grand Forks council members approve a series of special event applications

Some of the events council members approved include the third annual Jog Your Memory Alzheimer's 5K and the Cats Incredible 5K and Kids Fun Run

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East Grand Forks City Hall. File photo Brandi Jewett/ Grand Forks Herald
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EAST GRAND FORKS – A series of special event applications were approved by East Grand Forks council members during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Among the events that are set to be held include two 5Ks. This year marks the third annual Jog Your Memory Alzheimer's 5K. Proceeds and donations raised from the event go directly to the local Alzheimer's Association chapter and Huntington's Chapter to help aid in research and support for families affected by Alzheimer's and Huntington's.

The 5K will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. with the race set to start in the parking lot behind River Cinema. The route will run along the Red River on the Greenway system. This year’s event will also feature a one-mile family fun walk/run.

Another race set to happen this summer is the Cats Incredible 5K and Kids Fun Run, which is scheduled to be held Saturday, July 30 from 7:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. The annual Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament, which will be held July 29 through July 31 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., has teamed up with the YMCA and the See Dick Run Summer Running Club this year to bring the inaugural fun run/walk and kids run.

Proceeds from the event will support the Red River Cross Country Team and YMCA Partner of Youth scholarships. The estimated number of attendees is between 150-200 runners and spectators.


Council members also approved the parade application for the Potato Bowl Parade happening Sept. 10 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The parade route will require the closure of the Sorlie Bridge contingent upon approval from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The increase to the property tax levy comes as the city expects to spend more on utilities, workers' comp, wages and fuel. The total expenditures next year are estimated to come in at $12,776,485.

In other council news Tuesday:

Council members approved appointing Kathy Twite as an alternate judge for the Aug. 9 primary election and the Nov. 8 general election. The election administrator is authorized to re-balance judges to different wards as needed in order to comply with state election laws. The judge’s hourly compensation is $14 per hour for chair or head judge and $13 per hour for regular judges.

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.

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