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AREA NEWS: O-blood low ... DUI arrests ... Outdoor rink locations

O-blood low: Dak-Minn Blood Bank at Altru Hospital is critically low on O-positive and O-negative blood. Call (701) 780-5433 for an appointment. The blood bank's hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wedn...

O-blood low: Dak-Minn Blood Bank at Altru Hospital is critically low on O-positive and O-negative blood. Call (701) 780-5433 for an appointment. The blood bank's hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Appropriations bill: An appropriations bill that funds a number of North Dakota projects, including the new terminal at the Grand Forks Airport, is on its way to President Barack Obama's deskafter final approval by Congress on Monday. The projects include:

- $12 million to modernize security at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

- $3 million for UND's Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium.

- $2.44 million for the new terminal at Grand Forks Airport.

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- $1.46 million to replace buses and handicapped accessible vans in Grand Forks, Fargo and Minot.

- $1.36 million to reconstruct 5.3 miles of the southbound lanes on Interstate 29 near Fargo.

- $1.17 million to reconstruct four miles of BIA Route 7 on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

- $730,500 to build an 18-unit housing complex for elderly members of the Spirit Lake Nation.

- $675,000 to expand a Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch intervention program for high-risk elementary students in Grand Forks, Minot and Bismarck.

- $487,500 to extend the runway and construct a parallel taxiway and lighting system at Devils Lake Airport.

- $300,000 for UND's Native Americans into Law program.

DUI arrests: Nine drivers were arrested for DUI during an alcohol enforcement saturation Dec. 11-12 in Grand Forks County, conducted by the North Dakota Highway Patrol in partnership with the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department.

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The overtime was funded by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Doctorate recipient: The UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences will host a reception for the recipient of the School's first doctorate, Vishnu Reddy Kanupuru, at 8:15 a.m. Friday in the Department of Earth System Science and Policy, third floor, Clifford Hall.

Kanupuru, a native of India, will receive his doctorate in Earth system science and policy with a focus on space studies at the graduate commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Record Pride numbers: A record 26,000 shoppers attended the 2009 Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcases in Grand Forks, Minot, Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said.

Airline boardings: Grand Forks Airport has seen a 12.9 percent increase in airline boardings since November 2008, the state Aeronautics Commission said Monday. That's an increase of 9,857 passengers, second only to the 23,291 increase at Fargo's Hector Airport.

Devils Lake Airport reported 480 more passengers from last November, an increase of 16 percent. Boardings are up 6.1 percent overall from last year at North Dakota's eight commercial airports.

Massage law: As of Aug. 1, anyone who performs massage, by whatever name, must be licensed by the State of North Dakota. Those unlicensed persons practicing Thai Yoga, Reiki, Core Synchronization, Rolfing, craniosacral therapy, Healing Touch and other massage techniques must stop doing so until they obtain a proper license, officials said.

Clients or practitioners with questions should contact the North Dakota State Board of Massage, Box 218, Beach, ND 58621 or call (701) 872-4895.

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FAST cards: Members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Free and Secure Trade, or FAST program, will not be able to use their old FAST cards effective Jan. 5.

All members are requested to activate their new cards within 30 days by visiting https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/ and destroy their old ones.

If members have not received their new cards, they should go immediately to their local enrollment center to either pick up their new card or to apply to have a new card issued, which will take about 10 to 14 days.

CBP officers will allow a one-time entry into the U.S. to travelers with old FAST cards but will seize the card.

Outdoor rinks to open: Outdoor rinks in Grand Forks will open at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Park District officials said Monday.

Remember, rinks are always open, but the warming houses have specific hours.

Warming house hours will be 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; noon to 8:30 p.m. weekends and holidays.

Outdoor rink locations: Ben Franklin Park; Cox Park; Elks Park; Jaycees Park; Kelly Park; Lake Agassiz; Lincoln Drive Park (pleasure rink only); Lion's Park; Optimist Park; University Park and Riverside Park.

During bad weather, such as blizzards and dangerous wind chills, or even unseasonably warm temperatures, call the Park District info line at (701) 787-3499 to find out if rinks and warming houses are open.

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