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Board seeks bids on constructing artificial turf at Kraft Field

Enough money has been raised to put artificial turf on Kraft Field, the Grand Forks home for UND and American Legion baseball. But fundraising leader Brian Kraft, the son of the field's namesake, is wondering if sufficient dollars are available f...

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Enough money has been raised to put artificial turf on Kraft Field, the Grand Forks home for UND and American Legion baseball.

But fundraising leader Brian Kraft, the son of the field's namesake, is wondering if sufficient dollars are available for construction. To find out, he wants to ask for bids soon.

Bids will not only show whether he has accumulated enough money but also move along the project so that the field could be used for UND baseball in the spring.

"If we're going to have it ready for spring, we have to start the work by roughly Aug. 1," Kraft said.

"Whether it can happen this year or not, we don't know yet. But we do have to start by Aug. 1 to get all the work done this year."

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The Park Board commissioners agreed Tuesday to seek bids for the Park District-owned field.

"There's no harm in getting bids because bids don't mean we're making a commitment to do it," Kraft said. "But I think we're far enough down the road (in funding) to do it."

Kraft, whose father and former UND coach Harold "Pinky" Kraft is the field's namesake, has raised money from alumni and secured in-kind donations from businesses for construction costs estimated at $400,000.

The turf costs an additional $450,000, which has been secured from UND ($200,000), Grand Forks Blue Line Club ($100,000), the Park District ($100,000) and concessions and tournament revenue ($50,000).

Reach Bakken at (701) 780-1125; (800) 477-6572, ext. 125; or send e-mail to rbakken@gfherald.com .

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