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Grand Forks will host a Pride of Dakota event this weekend ahead of the holiday season.

The Holiday Showcase will take over the Alerus Center today and Sunday, according to a news release from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. The event will feature more than 100 vendors with North Dakota-made products, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said.

“Pride of Dakota gives North Dakota companies a venue to showcase their products across the state, while at the same time giving shoppers an opportunity to buy local for the holiday season,” he said. “It’s a proven formula for success for our Pride of Dakota small businesses and our state’s economy.”

Founded in 1985, Pride of Dakota is a state program that encourages businesses to market products made in North Dakota. The group has grown from 20 companies to more than 500 members, according to the ag department.

The showcases in Grand Forks started in 2002, ag department spokeswoman Michelle Mielke said. Similar events are planned Nov. 11-12 at the State Fair Center in Minot, Nov. 17-19 at the Scheels Arena in Fargo and Dec. 1-3 at the Bismarck Event Center.

The showcase will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2, but shoppers who bring a reusable bag receive a $1 off the gate price.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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