Sanford Center receives DEED grant

Bemidji’s Sanford Event Center was the recipient of a round of DEED grants aimed at convention centers and movie theaters.

According to a release, Sanford Center will receive $305,000, as part of $4.6 million in convention center relief grants.

“Convention centers and movie theaters are an important part of our economy that has been severely impacted by COVID-19,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove.

“The state and our team at DEED have worked hard to award these grants quickly to help these venues weather the pandemic and bounce back during Minnesota’s economic recovery.”

The Bear Pause Theater in Hackensack also received a grant of $50,000, as part of $8.54 million in movie theater relief grants.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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