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AREA NEWS: Grant to find new airline ... income tax assistance .. benefit for Lunde sisters

USDOT extends grant to find new airline for GF The U.S. Department of Transportation has agreed to a request from Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., to extend a federal grant aimed at attracting new air carriers and improved airport services to Grand Forks.

USDOT extends grant to find new airline for GF

The U.S. Department of Transportation has agreed to a request from Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., to extend a federal grant aimed at attracting new air carriers and improved airport services to Grand Forks. The department has agreed to provide $350,000 in federal funding to continue those efforts through March 2011.

The grant comes through the Small Community Air Service Development Program with funds appropriated by Congress.

Income tax assistance offered

Free volunteer income tax assistance from the UND accounting department and School of Law will be offered:

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- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays beginning Jan. 23 through April 10 in the Grand Forks Public Library, 2110 Library Circle in Grand Forks. Call (701) 330-7794 for an appointment.

- 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 26 through April 15 at the University Apartments Community Center, 525 Stanford Road in Grand Forks. Walk-ins only.

The service is available to taxpayers whose income is less than $43,279 annually.

Benefit planned for Lunde sisters

A benefit concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in Muddy Rivers Ballroom in Grand Forks to raise funds for the medical costs incurred by Rachel and Liz Lunde, both fighting cancer. Freewill donations are appreciated. (701) 215-2271.

Stump Lake Pavilion on state review board's list

The North Dakota State Historic Preservation Review Board will consider Stump Lake Pavilion in Nelson County for listing in the National Register of Historic Places at its meeting set for 10 a.m. Jan. 29 at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. The meeting is open to the public.

The Old Settlers' Pavilion has been a site for social gatherings since the early 1920s. For more information, call (701) 328-2089.

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Calvary Lutheran hosts Baby Mine Retreat

People who have experienced the death of their child or comparable life loss are invited to the Baby Mine Retreat on Feb. 6 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Forks.

The daylong retreat centers on putting together scrapbooks from pictures and memorable tokens but also allows free time, refreshments and spiritual direction.

For more information, call (701) 772-4897 or (701) 739-5101.

Devils Lake hosts tourism workshop

Devils Lake Tourism and North Dakota Tourism will host a free regional workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake. Register at (800) 233-8048 or e-mail suzie@devilslakend.com .

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