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Published January 22, 2010, 12:00 AM

Grand Forks city officials poke fun at calendar mistake in video

GRAND FORKS – The “well-oiled machine” of Grand Forks city government has found a solution to its calendar snafu.

By: Forum Communications Co. report, INFORUM

GRAND FORKS – The “well-oiled machine” of Grand Forks city government has found a solution to its calendar snafu.

So says a tongue-in-cheek video posted to the city’s Web page, Facebook page and the YouTube video-sharing site.

The chuckle-worthy two-minute video shows a deadpan John Bernstrom, a city public information officer, talking about how a “city task force” has found an “ingenious” solution to the city calendar that omitted Sunday, Jan. 31.

The solution was to draw a line under the Jan. 24 square and write in “31” in the space below. City Hall has “free pens” for those who don’t have them at home, Bernstrom said.

The city’s omission of Jan. 31 made the national Associated Press news wire. City officials elected to shrug off the mistake because the missing day was a Sunday, when no city services are offered. But when word spread from the item being picked up by the AP national wire, the information office workers decided to poke fun at themselves and at the stuffy bureaucracy that government can be.

“I did my best Terry Dullum imitation, being serious but funny,” Bernstrom said about the droll WDAZ personality.

Bernstrom lamented that people wouldn’t be able to celebrate the birthday of Justin Timberlake or Nolan Ryan without Jan. 31 on the calendar. To make the needed correction, he said, “a pen of any color will do.”

Watch the YouTube video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbycnAJGpck


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