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Published March 27, 2012, 06:15 PM

Alerus Center Sees $184K in Profit For First Part of 2012, Despite Projected Loss

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Since it was built, the facility's annual expenses have usually exceeded its revenue. Costs were down the first two months of this year because of a mild winter, but revenue from events was up.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Despite a budgeted $60,000 loss the Alerus Center has seen a $184,000 profit for the first two months of this year.

Since it was built, the facility's annual expenses have usually exceeded its revenue. Costs were down the first two months of this year because of a mild winter, but revenue from events was up.

The Alerus Center has hosted 131 events in 2012, which is about 20 more events compared to this time last year and about 40 more than 2010.

The strong start to 2012 could be the beginning of a financial turnaround for the facility.

"The history, the reputation of the Alerus Center is spreading. The excellent customer service that they get at a value price and the facilities are excellent. I think the entire state and region is becoming aware of our facility and using it more," Alerus Center Executive Director Cheryl Swanson said.

The Alerus Center won't be able to host as many events this summer because of the new turf construction but the meeting rooms will still be available.

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