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Cancer awareness day set for Saturday at the Betty The UND Men's and Women's Basketball teams invite all cancer survivors to attend Saturday's double header vs. Utah Valley at 1 p.m. in the Betty. Friends and family may purchase tickets at the gr...

Cancer awareness day set for Saturday at the Betty

The UND Men's and Women's Basketball teams invite all cancer survivors to attend Saturday's double header vs. Utah Valley at 1 p.m. in the Betty. Friends and family may purchase tickets at the group rate of $5 per ticket.

The coaches and teams will be wearing pink in support of breast cancer awareness, and all attendees are encouraged to wear their cancer awareness colors to the game. Any cancer survivors may be recognized during the game if they choose. There will also be a raffle and this will be a great opportunity to register for the 2010 Relay For Life survivor celebration.

For more information, call (701) 772-6618. If you cannot attend the basketball games, you can still register for the 2010 Relay For Life Survivor Celebration; forms are available at Altru Cancer Center, Cancer Center of North Dakota and Porpoura Coffee House. Grand Forks Relay events are scheduled indoors April 23 at the UND Hyslop Sports Center and June 5 at University Park.

NDDES says prepare for flooding


A press release from the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services says now is the time to prepare and assess flood risk and take steps to mitigate property damage. Steps to take include:

n Clear snow from foundations and basement windows.

n Clear eave troughs of snow, ice or other debris. Use extenders on downspouts to direct water away from your home.

n Move belongings to an upper floor, particularly important papers, valuables, photos and other irreplaceable items. Consider removing carpeting from basements.

n Put all hazardous materials in a flood-safe storage area.

n Plug sewer drains to prevent backup.

n Make sure sump pumps are operational. Contact your insurance agent to check coverage of sump pump failure and sewer backup.

n Prepare a basic emergency supply kit for every member of your family as well as household pets. A complete list of what your emergency supply kit should contain can be found at www.nd.gov/des/uploads/resources/186/basicemergencysupplykit.pdf


For more information about mitigation, call (800) 472-2121 or e-mail nddes@nd.gov .

For more information about flood insurance, log on to www.floodsmart.gov or contact an insurance agent.

To help citizens learn more about the 2010 flood outlook, flood insurance and flood preparation, state and FEMA officials will hold public meetings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 2 in the Commissioners Room of City Hall, 423 Sixth St. N.E. in Devils Lake and in Building 7 of the Emergency Operation Center, 308 Court House Drive, in Cavalier, N.D.

Aurora serves 10,000th patient

Aurora Clinic, Suite 121D at Aurora Medical Park, 1451 44th Ave. S. in Grand Forks, announced in a press release that it served its 10,000th patient at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. For appointments, call (701) 732-2700 or log on to www.auroraclinic.org .

Estate planning workshop series set

The North Dakota State University Extension Service will sponsor farm and small business estate planning workshops from 6 to 9 p.m. March 1, 9 and 11 in the Grand Forks County Extension office, 151 Fourth St. S., Suite 302, Grand Forks.

The early registration fee is $55 for individuals or $65 per couple or business (up to three people) if postmarked by Feb. 26. After that date, the cost is $75 per person and $85 per couple or business. Registration fees include materials and refreshments.


To register, call (701) 780-8229

Registration forms also are available online at www.ag.ndsu.edu/anniesproject . Click on Farm and Small Business Estate Planning, then Estate Planning Registration Form at the bottom of the page.

Health fair set for Park River, N.D.

Wellness Outreach Without Walls will sponsor a health and wellness fair from 1:30 to 7 p.m. March 2 in the Park River Elementary Gym in Park River, N.D.

The fair will include screenings for blood pressure, body mass index, and education about fitness, eating healthy, safety issues, family activities and other activities. There will also be a selection of wellness products, interactive activities, and door prizes including a Wii Console and Wii Fit Plus Bundle.

For more information, call (701) 284-4589.

Date set for Hometown Hero Awards

The Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau will present Hometown Hero Awards at the Denim and Diamonds presentation from 5 to 7 p.m. March 11 in the Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks. For more information, call (701) 746-0444.


Boys State set for June in Wahpeton, N.D.

Boys State, sponsored by the North Dakota American Legion, will be held June 13-18 on the campus of the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D.

Participants will learn about the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government and how they interact with one another. Two boys will be selected to attend Boys Nation in Washington, D.C.

To apply to attend Boys State contact your school guidance counselor, your local American Legion Post or register online at www.ndlegion.org

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