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New Year's Eve In North Dakota: A MapQuest Guide

On New Year's Eve in North Dakota, locals and visitors revel in the possibilities of the months to come. From ball drops to fireworks to First Night activities, every locale rings in the new year a little differently. As part of NewYearsQuest -- a MapQuest guide to the best New Year's Eve sights and sounds in the U.S. and in major cities around the world -- here are three recommended events for New Year's Eve 2011 in North Dakota.

North Dakota New Year's Eve Events Map

Celebrate The Night

The Alerus Center, the largest entertainment and sports facility in the upper Midwest, welcomes Grand Forks residents and their friends to Celebrate the Night at its annual New Year's Eve event. The celebration will commence at 6 p.m. and will end in a blaze of fiery glory when fireworks light up the sky at midnight. A variety of activities, such as arts and crafts and an open-mic singing competition, will take place in the many rooms of the center, one of which is the Chilladyziak Lounge for teens. The headlining musical act is Little Bobby and the Storm, with special guest Nora Jean Bruso. Admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the door for ages 6 and older, and free for children younger than 6. Tickets can be purchased online or at any Hugo's or Valley Dairy.

Alerus Center, 1200 S. 42nd St., Grand Forks, ND 58201

Roller Derby: New Year's Eve Mixer And Fan-Appreciation Bout

If the last thing you want to see in 2011 is heavily padded ladies trying to harm each other, Fargo is the place for you. The Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls will take a break from competing against regional rivals like the Babe City Rollers (of Bemidji, Minnesota) and instead stage a New Year's Eve Mixer and Fan-Appreciation Bout. The competition of the evening will slate the team's four intramural squads -- including the Fighting Suzies and the Haute Dishes -- against each other. The action -- featuring such skaters as amErica the Brutiful, Olive Rock N Roll and Knoxzer Blokhof -- will take place at the Fargo Civic Center starting at 7 p.m. There may be music and other surprises as well. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children older than 5; children 5 and younger will be admitted free with a ticket.

Fargo Civic Center, 207 Fourth St. N., Fargo, ND 58103

New Year's Eve Party

Ring in 2012 with a free, nonalcoholic New Year's Eve Party at the Dickinson Recreation Center. Festivities will begin at 8 p.m. and end shortly after midnight. The all-ages event will feature music, ice-skating and prizes. Dickinson Parks and Recreation, a sponsor of the event, encourages families to bring their own skates, as there are a limited number available for rental ($2 per pair). Food and beverages will also be available, free of charge.

Dickinson Recreation Center, 2004 Fairway St., Dickinson, ND 58601

New Year's Eve In North Dakota: Video

Last New Year's Eve, Grand Forks' Rhombus Guys Pizza hosted live music.

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