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AREA NEWS: DUI enforcement, Arts funds etc.

DUI enforcement: The North Dakota Department of Transportation is doubling the amount spent to support law enforcement efforts against drunken driving Labor Day weekend. NDDOT Director Francis Ziegler said $75,000 is being spent compared to about...

DUI enforcement: The North Dakota Department of Transportation is doubling the amount spent to support law enforcement efforts against drunken driving Labor Day weekend. NDDOT Director Francis Ziegler said $75,000 is being spent compared to about $40,000 last year.

Increased enforcement will take place Aug. 21 - Sept. 7. Last year, 816 citations, including 154 for DUI, were issued by North Dakota's law enforcement over the Labor Day period.

Funds for the arts: Twelve North Dakota arts and cultural organizations will each receive a portion of $290,000 in funding to preserve jobs in the arts, the North Dakota Council on the Arts said. Twenty-two salaried positions and several contracted artist positions will be re-tained through this program. In Grand Forks, funding recipients include:

- Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, $30,000.

- Greater Grand Forks Symphony, $30,000.

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- Artwise, $16,003.

Two North Dakota organizations each received $50,000 in direct funding through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts: North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, and The Plains Art Museum in Fargo.

Funds for the program were provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gardeners sought: North Dakota State University is looking for 200 families to test radish, spinach and other greens from across the world, with each household limited to two trials. Log on to www.dakotagardener.com or call (701) 221-6865.

All 4 Fun Festival: The All 4 Fun Dog Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Circle of Friends Dog Park, 4375 N. Washington St., Grand Forks.

Dogs must be leashed except when participating in games. Donations will be accepted.

Info: (701) 775-3732 or www.gfpets.com .

Bull riding: The 2009 Bull Riding Challenge is set for Nov. 13 and 14 will be held at the Ur-ban Plains Center Nov. 13 and 14 in the Urban Plains Center, 5225 31st Ave. S. in Fargo. Tickets, ranging from $15 to $50, will go on sale Sept. 14, and can be purchased ticketmas-ter.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

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Women's Show: The second annual Grand Forks Women's Show, presented by Leighton Broadcasting, is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Alerus Center.

Tickets are $10 for the entire day and available online at www.grandforkswomensshow.com . Exhibitor booth space is available. Visit the Web site to register.

Information: michaela@leightonbroadcasting.com or (701) 290-9605.

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