Over the limit? City, UND form committee to address high-risk alcohol use

Grand Forks and UND officials are hoping the creation of a joint committee will help curb high-risk alcohol use and its associated culture in the city.

The entities announced Thursday the formation of the Community and Campus Committee on High-Risk Alcohol Use at a news conference. The committee will work to establish a culture of low-risk drinking in Grand Forks through methods such as creating an awareness campaign and suggesting changes to city liquor laws.

“We know and accept the fact there is a culture of high-risk alcohol use in our region and state,” said Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown. “What we are no longer going to accept is that we can’t change that culture that exists.”

Chairing the committee will be Lori Reesor, UND’s vice president for student affairs, and Ken Vein, City Council member for Ward 7.

The committee is composed of representatives from UND, the city, law enforcement, bars and restaurants, Grand Forks Public Schools, Grand Forks Air Force Base and health agencies.

Its first meeting will be Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Altru Health System Board Room.

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