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Area news: seat belts ... open house ... angel tree ... window signs

REAC open house: The UND Research Foundation will host an open house at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 2 for its REAC 1 facility. REAC is an acronym for Research Enterprise and Commercialization Park.

REAC open house: The UND Research Foundation will host an open house at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 2 for its REAC 1 facility. REAC is an acronym for Research Enterprise and Commercialization Park.

The community is invited to participate in presentations and tours about the commercialization activities. For more information, log on to www.undrf.org .

Seat belts/DUI: The Minnesota State Patrol in Thief River Falls recently conducted its first seat-belt enforcement wave since the new seat-belt law went into effect in June.

From Oct. 9-22, 112 vehicles were stopped --13 seat-belt warnings and three seat-belt citations were issued. There were 81 speed warnings, 14 speed citations and one citation for driving with an invalid license.

Additional award: Kilbourne Group is sponsoring a major new Innovate ND award category aimed at encouraging people with retail-based business ideas to compete in the annual venture building program.

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The winner of the Innovate ND's "In the Zone Award" will receive 2,000 square feet of prime downtown Fargo retail space at no cost for one year. The award is valued at $32,000. Doug Burgum, founder and chairman of Kilbourne Group, said the goal of the incentive is to motivate more retail entrepreneurs in downtown renaissance zones in North Dakota.

For more information, call (701) 328-5300.

Boardman farewell: An open house will be held to bid farewell to Debra Boardman, chief executive officer and president of RiverView Health, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Heritage Hallway at RiverView in Crookston. The public is encouraged to attend. Use the main entrance to the hospital.

Angel Tree: RiverView Health and Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home Auxiliaries will host the annual Angel Tree from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Crookston Public Library. The Angel Tree displays the names and Christmas wish lists of Crookston nursing home residents and day care participants.

For more information, call (218) 281-9459 or (218) 281-3424.

Window signs: The Grand Forks Downtown Design Review Board will host two public meetings to discuss window signs in downtown Grand Forks at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Community Room at the Grand Forks Herald.

Irrigation workshop: Dec. 11 is the deadline for registration for an irrigation workshop by the North Dakota State University Extension Service. The workshop begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 15 on the sixth floor of the Grand Forks County Office Building, 151 S. Fourth St.

The fee is $10. For more information, call (701) 780-8229.

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