Area news: Moondance Jam sets attendance records ... Children's hospice program approved ... more
Moondance Jam sets attendance records Moondance Jam 19, held July 14-17 in Walker, Minn., set attendance records with a virtual sellout of more than 18,000 fans jamming each day, officials said in a news release. The three-day rock festival opene...
Moondance Jam sets attendance records
Moondance Jam 19, held July 14-17 in Walker, Minn., set attendance records with a virtual sellout of more than 18,000 fans jamming each day, officials said in a news release.
The three-day rock festival opened a day early with a regional band pre-party July 14 that drew about 5,000 fans and concluded on July 17 with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The lineup also included Sammy Hagar, REO Speedwagon, Buckcherry, Pat Benatar, Collective Soul, Jonny Lang, Tonic, Don Felder, Cinderella, Blackberry Smoke, Blackstone Cherry, Hoobastank, Pat Travers and The Smithereens.
Ten shows from Moondance Jam 19 will be aired in HD on DIRECTV this fall and replayed over the next two years. The shows will be part of DIRECTV's exclusive concert series on The 101 Network (DIRECTV channel 101). Check www.directv.com in October for schedules.
Palmer joins GF Economic Development
Al Palmer, director of the UND Unmanned Aerial Systems Center of Excellence, recently was appointed to the Grand Forks Economic Development Corp. Advisory Board.
The board comprises 19 members from the community, representing business, UND and industry.
Palmer also recently was appointed to an open-ended term on the 13-member North Dakota Governor's Military Task Force. He is a UND alum and retired Air Force brigadier general and former chief of staff of the North Dakota Air National Guard.
Children's hospice program approved
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the North Dakota's Children's Hospice Program, according to a release from the state Department of Human Services.
The new program provides hospice services along with other specialized care and support for children while they continue to receive treatment toward a cure. It is intended to benefit children who have a life expectancy of a year or less.
The program can serve up to 30 children and will cover qualifying children ranging in age from infants to young adults age 21, and some may qualify even if their families do not meet the income criteria for Medicaid coverage.
For more information, call (701) 328-3701.
Tobacco law aimed at youth to take effect
A new state law aimed at protecting Minnesota youth from the harmful effects of tobacco products takes effect Sunday. The Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act was passed by the 2010 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
The new law applies existing state tobacco taxes and regulations to new smokeless tobacco products, which attract young customers because they are low-cost.
For more information about the law, log on to www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpcd/tpc/legal.html .
-- Herald staff reports