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Published December 16, 2009, 03:56 PM

Alerus Center Looks to End Year with Little Debt

With less than two weeks left in the year, the Grand Forks Alerus Center has erased some of its debt.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

With less than two weeks left in the year, the Grand Forks Alerus Center has erased some of its debt.

In September the city owned event center was facing a half a million dollars in debt.

More than $400,000 of that has been erased. Alerus Center executive director Steve Hyman says they're now looking at a year end number just under $100,000 in the red.

He says the last quarter of the year they've made cuts and have seen a good numbers of people turn out for conferences and events.

Steve Hyman/Alerus Center Executive Director: "In October, November, and December is where we make all of our money so we're striving for December to break-even for that month or even make a small profit."

The commission says they will hire a consultant to develop a new theme to go along with new look and all the renovations they've done, including a new conference center entrance which is currently being done.

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