|Greater Grand Forks flood anniversary events listed|
Here's a list of what's coming up in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks:
-- Luncheon with flood mayors: Former Grand Forks Mayor Pat Owens and East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss are the featured speakers at a luncheon. The two were in office during the flood. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alerus Center. The cost is $8 if you register by Monday and $10 afterward. Call the Chamber of Commerce at (701) 772-7271 or e-mail email@example.com. The speech itself is free.
-- Remembering the downtown fire: Church bells will ring for two minutes at 4 p.m., roughly the same time that fire broke out in downtown Grand Forks 10 years ago. The fire destroyed 11 buildings, including one of the Herald's two buildings, and caused an estimated $30 million in damage. The UND carillons will also toll for two minutes at 4 p.m.
-- "Come Hell and High Water": Photos from the 1997 flood by photojournalists with the Herald will be on display at the Herald building, 375 Second Ave. N., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
-- "Keep the Faith" musical: Grand Forks students in the Summer Performing Arts program will perform the 1997 musical about the flood written shortly after the event. Some 23,000 saw the show in 1997 and 1998. The show is at 7:30 p.m. in UND's Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets: $16, $11, $6 for adults; $11, $8, $6 for students and seniors at the Chester Fritz box office.
-- Music, barbecue and fireworks: Free burgers and brats, and two live bands, courtesy of the city of East Grand Forks. Shriners clowns also will be on hand. The first 2,000 comers get a free, commemorative LED flashlight, which they'll be asked to use in a light ceremony later in evening. Activities are from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Boardwalk and the first block of DeMers Avenue, downtown East Grand Forks. A final flag ceremony and fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m.
-- "Keep the Faith" musical: Repeat performance at the Chester Fritz (see above for more info).
-- Appreciation luncheon: Stauss, Owens, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., former Federal Emergency Management Agency director James Lee Witt and other federal officials are scheduled to speak at this event, 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Sacred Heart School's Social Hall.
-- Parade: Some familiar players from the flood will be rolling down DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks, and we're not talking about the dignitaries. We're talking about front loaders and motor graders the kind used to build temporary dikes and a forklift with a palette full of sandbags. Also present will be Shriners with their tiny cars, Easy Rider motorcyclists, Keystone Cops and Winnipeg bagpipers. Local businesses such as Whitey's and PRACS also will have their own floats. Peterson and Witt are parade grand marshals. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. near the Sorlie Bridge and goes for several blocks to 10th Street.
Sunday, April 22
-- Dike dedication: City leaders will dedicate the dike projects, most of which are functionally complete, noon to 2 p.m., Town Square, downtown Grand Forks.
-- Banquet to thank the region: Free barbecue ribs to the first 8,000, Grand Forks' way of thanking residents of the region who helped out during the flood, letting flood victims stay in their homes and helping with the cleanup. Dinner is 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Alerus Center.
-- Los Lobos concert: The band best known for their rendition of "La Bamba" for the 1987 movie of the same name will be playing 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Alerus Center. Musical styles range from Tex-Mex to blues to rock and roll.