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Published October 29, 2010, 01:37 PM

Alerus Center projects year-end loss

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The head of the company that manages the city-owned Alerus Center in Grand Forks says it's been "a bad year."

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The head of the company that manages the city-owned Alerus Center in Grand Forks says it's been "a bad year."

VenuWorks President Steve Peters says the events center is expected to end the year $86,000 in the red. In August, the loss was projected at only $19,000.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the center has hosted no concerts this year and none are scheduled for the rest of the year. A positive is that conventions have seen steady growth since the opening of the adjacent Canad Inns, and catering revenue is beating forecasts.

Peters proposes three initiatives to revive the arena side of Alerus business: smaller "classic rock" concerts, a new curtain system to provide a more intimate concert venue, and the addition of a minor league football, basketball or soccer team.

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