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Forum News Service, Published June 14 2013

Grand Forks base closes family activity center

GRAND FORKS - The Parent & Child Center at Grand Forks Air Force Base will close Monday because of financial difficulties associated with sequestration, according to the base.

The recreational facility provides a variety of play areas, from bouncy balls to Legos, and a kitchen.

Earlier the base closed its bowling alley for the summer to cut costs.

Base officials stress that there are still many family-friendly activities, including the Community Activity Center, the movie theater and playgrounds.

Sequestration is a nearly across-the-board federal budget cut that began after Congress failed to agree on a way to reduce the budget deficit. The Grand Forks base has been making gradual reduction in nonessential services to cope.