Grand Forks, UND form committee to address alcohol concerns

City officials and the University of North Dakota are partnering to address the problems associated with high-risk alcohol use in Grand Forks.

A news conference will be held on Thursday to kick off the campaign to help create a community and campus culture that supports responsible, low risk drinking.

The event is open to the public and will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Grand Forks Alerus Center Conference Center. Those attending should use door 5 or 6 of the Alerus Center. Featured speakers will include Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown and UND President Robert Kelley.

The Community and Campus Committee on High-Risk Alcohol Use formed to study the issue is an extension of efforts first brought forth by the Service/Safety Committee of the Grand Forks City Council, chaired by council member Terry Bjerke.

The new committee will be co-chaired by Lori Reesor, UND Vice President for Student Affairs, and council member Ken Vein.

It will also include representatives from the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the bar and restaurant industry, the city’s public health department, the school district, Northeast Human Services, Grand Forks Air Force Base, Grand Forks Police Department, and UND police, faculty, staff and students.

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