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Published January 04, 2012, 10:07 PM

City-Owned Alerus Center Closes Doors To Walkers

People looking to get out of the cold and walk indoors will no longer be able to use the city-owned Alerus Center for exercise.

People looking to get out of the cold and walk indoors will no longer be able to use the city-owned Alerus Center for exercise.

Doors are now closed to walkers, who had been using the main hallways on the first floor until December 19th.

Between 30 and 50 people have walked at the Alerus Center each month during the winter. But Alerus Center staff say that's over.

"It was just causing some disruption with people who would pay to rent our meeting space. And you know we have an obligation, first and foremost, to paying clients, so we had to certainly take that into consideration," Alerus Center Director of Marketing Tami Pearson said.

People used to be able to use the upper concourse for walking. But Pearson says adding staff, amenities and maintenance for that was too costly.

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