Quickies: GFK impact, ultimate fighting in EGF
Poor Grand Forks, so far from heaven so close to Fargo.
On the other hand, for some weird reason, airline passengers are spending way more money when they stay in town. Adjusting for inflation, average spending per passenger jumped from $260 in 1995 to $618 in 2005. This is the case statewide. It jumped from $287 in 1995 and $729.
Anyway, the big news is the state is touting is that GFK had an economic impact of $93.1 million in 2004, most of that from spending by travelers.
* I mentioned Catfish Days in the last post but forgot to mention the entirely separate event that follows called "1st Annual Ultimate 'Catfish' Fighting." Despite the name, no catfish will be hurt in the event. Just humans. The fight is at 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind East Grand Forks' Riverwalk Centre mall. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for those 16 and under. The event promoter is Butch Hajicek, a local boxer who teaches at the same boxing gym I go to (No, I'm not hitting anybody yet).
Butch organized the last ultimate fight event, the Tuffman competition, this past winter at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.
* Off topic: A different twist on AOL's disclosure that it had release the search records of its users.
Update 7:32 p.m., 8/8/06: Follow up: Forgot to mention last night that the deer feeding ban passed its first reading. For some reason, this fear of a Bambi population explosion centered on the Greenway reminds me of that Star Trek episode with all the tribbles.
* Urban development director Greg Hoover said Central High School students will still be able to park at the Civic Auditorium parking lot. The city earlier wanted to move them to the lot down by Riverboat Road to make room for a possible tenant at the civic. Looks like he's not anticipating that deal to come through any time soon.