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Published July 19, 2010, 09:18 PM

Alerus Concert Fund Approved By Council

Council members did approve the 250-thousand dollars set aside for the concert fund but want a few ground rules along with the approval.

Grand Forks City council members have several concerns about the Alerus Center concert fund.

Council members did approve the 250-thousand dollars set aside for the concert fund but want a few ground rules along with the approval.

The meeting tonight had people asking where the extra money from events goes, potential deals the Alerus makes with promoters and money they may need in the future.

Council members want the 250-thousand dollars to be the maximum amount the Alerus can use and if they need more money for an event, they would have to come back to council to get approval.

They adopted this policy tonight even with council members having several concerns.

"We allocate the 250-thousand dollars for a concert fund to be used that we have in our budget now, 250 would be allocated to the concert fund for the year 2010." council member Doug Christensen said.

"We want to go that direction, but when we get to the point of making a large investment it should come to the full council and I don't know if that can happen." council member Curt Kreun said.

Council members also discussed coming up with a policy for 2011 for the concert fund to keep the same amount of money in there at all times.

With the Alerus having several concert losses in the past, the Council wants more oversight of bigger events.

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