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Forum staff reports, Published May 19 2012

Bill retaining C-27J passes the House

WASHINGTON – Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., announced Friday that a bill that would preserve a flying mission for the Air National Guard base in Fargo passed a House vote and will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

As passed by the House, the National Defense Authorization Act prevents the divestment or retirement of the C-27J program, Berg said in the news release. Fargo’s 119th Wing was expecting to be one of several states to be home to the cargo airplane.

The aircraft were canceled by the Air Force as part of cost-savings requirements, but losing the new planes would make Fargo’s Air Guard the only one in the country without a manned mission. Local officials have lobbied to ensure the base continues to have a manned flying mission.

Summer safety event for kids set Monday

FARGO – Summer Safety and Fun, an event aimed for children, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday in the Scheels Arena parking lot.

The event features a series of interactive safety stations including aquatics safety, life jacket fittings, proper bike riding, sports injury prevention, healthy eating and safety in the sun, according to a news release.

Each child will receive a “passport to fun” that will be checked off at each station. Upon completing all six stations, children can enter to win a door prize.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit scheelsarena.com.