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AREA NEWS: Autism conference cancelled...benefit lunch...mosquito spraying...ice cream social...airline boardings...honor flight...back online...party in the park

Cancelled: The Anne Carlsen Center Autism Conference, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at UND, has been cancelled because of confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu strain at UND.

Cancelled: The Anne Carlsen Center Autism Conference, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at UND, has been cancelled because of confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu strain at UND.

Benefit lunch: Baked potatoes and tacos in a bag will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today Thursday on the sixth floor of the County Office Building, 151 S. Fourth St. in Grand Forks, to raise funds for Jordan Dvorak, who is battling leukemia. A free-will offering will be taken.

Mosquito spraying: Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have scheduled citywide ground spraying for mosquitoes between 7:30 and midnight tonight. Wednesday's average mosquito trap count was four. Info: www.gfmosquito.com or (701) 787-8144.

Ice cream social: Cold Stone Creamery will host the "World's Largest Ice Cream Social" from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight Thursday at 3551 32nd Ave. S. in Grand Forks to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Customers will receive a three-ounce treat of ice cream with brownie, sprinkles and fudge. Info: (701) 738-2350.

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Airline boardings: North Dakota's eight commercial airports saw a monthly record of 64,588 passengers board an average of 62 daily flights in August, the State Aeronautics Commission said Wednesday.

The 12 percent statewide increase included 1,489 more passengers at Grand Forks Airport, a 22 percent increase from Aug. 2008, and 4,404 more passengers at Fargo's Hector Airport, a 15 percent increase.

Devils Lake Airport logged a decline of 114 passengers from Aug. 2008.

More than 8,100 passengers boarded in Grand Forks, more than 33,100 in Fargo and more than 14,900 in Bismarck.

Honor Flight: Twenty-six area World War II veterans will be among 102 on Northern Valley Honor Flight's second complimentary trip to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.

Their names include Vernon Adams, Thompson, N.D., Karl Gooden, Francis Majors, Bill McCleary and Francis Rapacz of East Grand Forks and John Cook, James Corbit, Milton Derman, Joseph Frohlich, Vernon Gilbertson, James Hanson, Gerald Joyce, Rudolph Kuchar, Terrance Magnuson, Elmer Miska, Edward Nelson, Joseph Roehrick, Edward Samson, Richard Schuster, Calvin Shortridge, Robert Stavetig, Daniel Stoltman, Ernest Stoltman, Walter Stroh, Richard Trenbeath and John Whitcomb of Grand Forks.

Back on line: Problems with the computerized patient record system at the Fargo VA Medical Center and community-based outpatient clinics in Grand Forks and Grafton, N.D., as well as Bemidji have been resolved. Staff members are making every effort to reschedule cancelled clinic appointments within the next seven days. Info: (800) 410-9723, ext. 9-2681.

Party in the Park: Celebrate the addition of the "Smiley Playground" and the renovation of Midtown Park at the Party in the Park at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street in Grand Forks. The event is free.

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--James R. Johnson

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