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East Grand Forks figure skating club to host Northern Star International Competition

Jan. 2—EAST GRAND FORKS — The Northern Lights Figure Skating Club and the city of East Grand Forks are planning to host 323 skaters at the Northern Star International Competition, set for Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 4-7, at the Civic Center and VFW Arena.

The event is open to the public. All events are free of charge, except the Saturday evening event, for which admission is $5. For the complete schedule, go to

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Eighteen teams are scheduled to participate.

Individual competitions will be held all four days at the VFW Arena, and a synchronized skating competition will take place Saturday at the Civic Center. The winning skaters will receive medals.

The figure skaters, who range in age from 5 to 18, will compete in six events. The events are determined by the skater, the parent and coach, according to Kristen Carlson, programs and publicity chair for the Northern Lights Figure Skating Club, which includes about 70 skaters.

The events include Free Skate, Compulsory, Short Program, Spins, Solo Dance, and Dramatic and Light Entertainment Showcase.

On average, 20 to 25 synchronized skating teams are expected "to compete and show off their amazing skills" at this event, Carlson said.

Skaters from throughout the region, including North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, will be competing.

Skaters from North Dakota will be coming from Bismarck, Bottineau, Devils Lake, Grafton, Jamestown, Minot and Park River. Those from Minnesota include skaters from Crookston, Alexandria, Fergus Falls, Hallock, Lake of the Woods County and Thief River Falls. A team from Watertown, South Dakota, is also planning to participate, Carlson said.

About a dozen judges and officials from around the country will be involved in this competition, she said. They provide their skating expertise on a volunteer basis, and their expenses, including travel and other costs incurred while they're here, are covered by the Northern Lights Figure Skating Club.

Planning and organizing this competition takes about a year, Carlson said. Parents, coaches, skaters and volunteers "donate their time to make this competition a success from year to year."