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Eccentric exhibit inhabits NDMOA

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If you’re a fan of all things far out and fabulous, you definitely need to pay a visit to the North Dakota Museum of Art (NDMOA) and peruse the Barton Lidice Bennes permanent exhibit. Ranging from a mounted giraffe and warthog to tribal masks and antiques, this eclectic collection will leave you awestruck.   Acclaimed artist Barton Lidice Benes gifted the contents of his New York apartment to the Museum, which includes over $1 million in African, Egyptian and contemporary art, plus much more. NDMOA staff dismantled the collection and reassembled it as the Museum’s first period room: a Twenty-First Century Artist’s Studio. Benes and NDMOA Executive Director, Laurel Reuter, were first introduced to each other, in 1987, by Harvey Hoshour. Hoshour was the architect who planned the original design for the renovation of the University of North Dakota Old Women’s Gym into what is now the current home of NDMOA. Sadly, he passed away before the renovation was complete; so, Reuter turned to other artists to complete the building. Barton Benes designed the Museum Shop and later NDMOA’s Donor Wall. The new building opened in 1989, with a survey exhibition of Benes’ art.   More exhibitions followed in 1995 and …

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Downtown fare with upscale flair

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If you’re in SimplyGrand Forks and find yourself yearning for a restaurant with an eclectic urban feel, The Toasted Frog fills the bill.  Their carefully crafted menu, with dishes that are both creative and delicious, may not be pages long but it offers something for every taste bud.    The Toasted Frog is located in a beautiful historic downtown building at 124 North 3rd Street.  In December of 2005, Grand Forks natives Shawn Clapp and Jon Holth acquired the space and began creation of “The Frog”, thus realizing a longtime dream.  After months of remodeling, staff hiring and training, and menu development, the restaurant opened its doors to the public on May 1, 2006.    With its casual metropolitan atmosphere, extensive martini and wine lists, diverse food, and professional staff, The Toasted Frog has become a popular destination for both locals and visitors.  Some of the most frequently ordered items on the menu include the Fried Cheesy Pickles, Wild Mushroom Lavosh, Wood-Fired Pork Belly & Egg Pizza, Mahi-Mahi Tacos, Open Faced Caprese Melt, Moroccan Spiced Lamb Burger, Sodbuster Short Ribs, Gorgonzola Butter Filet Mignon, Chimichurri Pork Tenderloin and nightly specials like Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Coffee Encrusted Sirloin and Asian …

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Apps, taps and more at Bonzer’s

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Last night I was lucky to have a meeting scheduled at Bonzer’s Sandwich Pub in downtown Grand Forks. Bonzer’s is a mainstay in Grand Forks and I have visited it many, many times over the years, but, admittedly, it has been awhile.   When I walked in I remembered its warm and cozy atmosphere. Immediately I was approached by a bartender that went through a list of their beer on tap. I chose a schooner of Dos Equis Azul, which did not disappoint. The array of tap beers ranged from domestics to a variety of imports as well as a local brew from Rhombus Brewery.   My meeting did not include dinner, but I have enjoyed many lunches and dinners at Bonzer’s. The Bonzer’s Chili Con Carne is definitely my favorite, but they also have a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, Mexican appetizers and sausages. Mr. Bonzer himself offers Jon’s Special, which is a juicy Polish sausage prepared in their family’s own blend of spices; served with Swiss cheese, pickle and mustard on rye. Don’t forget to add soup, salad or side…I hear the pickled eggs are pretty awesome!   I should mention all this scrumptious comfort food is offered a …

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Holiday Spirit Abounds in Grand Forks

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Today’s post comes from our friend Shel Zolkewich, Manitoba travel writer and blogger…   It’s nearly impossible not to feel the holiday spirit in Grand Forks. Take a peek inside any restaurant and you’ll see friends and family gathered inside sharing good cheer. Downtown, shop windows are dressed for the season with sparking white lights and likenesses of jolly Old St. Nick. And a long list of holiday events offer a welcome break from the hustle and bustle.   The Empire Theatre Company just wrapped up performances of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol. The production stayed true to its literary roots and steered clear of elaborate sets and special effects. The journey of Ebenezer Scrooge—expertly captured by Darin Kerr—reminds us all of some important lessons, at any time of the year. The Empire Arts Center hosts the Grand Forks Ballet Company for a Nutcracker Extravaganza as well as Joy to the World by the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra this weekend.   Shopping downtown in Grand Forks is a little like stepping back into a kinder, gentler time. Cozy boutiques entice visitors with cheery window displays and gifts you won’t find anywhere else. Pop into Whole Life for fashions, …

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We have spirit…yes we do

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Feeling a little blue?  I know what will put the jingle in your bells and jolly in your holly!  If you’re looking for activities to create a festive frame of mind, Greater Grand Forks is definitely the place.  We have seasonal celebrations, concerts and everything in between.  In addition to offering great holiday bargains, our malls and specialty shops will be sparkling with beautiful decorations.    Following is a list of holiday happenings that are sure to get you feeling very merry.  More information on these and other events may be found on our website.   Dec. 1-31 à Go GRAND for the Holidays Tree Display & Open House @ GGF Visitor Center (4251 Gateway Dr)   Dec. 1-31 à Christmas in the Park Holiday Lights Tour @ Lincoln Drive Park   Dec. 3-5 à “A Christmas Carol” @ Empire Arts Center   Dec. 5 à 2015 Christmas Festival @ Heritage Village   Dec. 5 à 91st Annual Christmas Musicale @ United Lutheran Church   Dec. 5 à Taste of Cabela’s & Pictures with Santa @ Cabela’s   Dec. 5 à Winter wUNDerland Concert @ Chester Fritz Auditorium   Dec. 6 à The Reason: A Family Christmas Experience @ Chester …

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Flipping the bird

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Looking to get your gobble on in Greater Grand Forks this Thanksgiving?  If you don’t feel like going through all the hassle of making it yourself, we have several restaurants serving up a feast.  Luckily, they’ve got a spot reserved just for you…and it’s not even at the kids’ table!   Aaltos: 1000 S 42nd St (Canad Inn), Grand Forks, 701-792-1957; 9 AM to 12 PM (brunch); 12 to 8 PM (buffet)   Aroma Café:  1205 N 43rd St (Ramada), Grand Forks, 701-775-3951; 7 to 11 AM (brunch); 11 AM to 2 PM (dinner)   Big Sioux Café:   4401 32nd Ave S Grand Forks, 701-738-0441; open 24/7 (turkey dinner and regular menu)   Blue Moose Bar & Grill: 507 2nd Ave S East Grand Forks, 218-773-6516; 11 AM to 8 PM (all-you-can-eat turkey dinner served to your table and regular menu)   Buffalo Wild Wings:  2717 S Columbia Rd, Grand Forks, 701-775-9464; 11 AM to close (regular menu)   Denny’s:  3770 32nd Ave S, Grand Forks, 701-757-1148; 24/7 (turkey dinner and regular menu)   Eagles Crest Grill:  5301 S Columbia Rd (King’s Walk Golf Course), Grand Forks, 701-787-3491; 11 AM to 4 PM (buffet); *call for reservations   Hilton Garden Inn:  4301 …

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New noshes downtown

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Today’s post is from a Grand Forks friend and blogger, Michelle A. The Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted her in Grand Forks in October. All opinions are her own.   One of the best things about Grand Forks is that something new opens up almost every week, and since the last I was in town, the city has expanded immensely. My favorite part about Grand Forks is exploring downtown as it reminds me of the Exchange District in Winnipeg – old buildings filled with grand history; while Winnipeg is slowly opening up the idea of adding more unique stories and dining experiences, Grand Forks is not one to shy away. The Convention & Visitors Bureau played host to a very lovely weekend getaway and my friend I were able to celebrate a few accomplishments that happened in the last couple of the months. The new establishments are really quite a treat and add to the vibrant feeling downtown Grand Forks has to offer.   Rhombus Guys Brewing Company Located at 116 S. 3rd Street, and right around the corner from their location on Kittson, Rhombus Guys Brewing Company opened to the public the last week of September in historic downtown …

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Get it in Grand Forks, and Almost Nowhere Else!

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Today’s blog comes from Shel Zolkewich, a travel writer, blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.   Food defines a place. If you travel to Philadelphia, you must have a cheesesteak. In New Orleans, it’s the poboy. And in Boston, well, it’s clam chowder of course. So what are the ‘must have’ foods in Grand Forks? This outta towner will tell you.   Chicken Tortilla Soup: Culinary historians can’t put a finger on exactly where or when this Mexican soup got its start. But everyone can agree on the fact that it’s delicious. Essentially, it consists of chicken broth served with strips of fried tortillas. But like all great ancient soups, it varies greatly. In Grand Forks, it’s served up in a creamy chicken broth, flecked with diced peppers and topped with cheese. Sometime sour cream too. For just over $3, get your introduction to this soup at The Red Pepper. I’ve been known to ask for a double order and call it supper. Other favourite spots include Speedway (still just over $3), Rhombus Guys (but only in the winter) and Paradiso (here it comes with a side salad and bread). There’s an unconfirmed rumor that even Dairy Queen serves …

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Tater time fun for tots and adults

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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of a Greater Grand Forks tradition known as Potato Bowl USA.  The week of September 7-12 will be full of entertaining events centering on our region’s most popular staple crop.  There will be tons of great food including a potato pancake breakfast, baked potato bars and of course, the World’s Largest French Fry Feed.  The festivities culminate on Saturday with a parade, tailgate party and University of North Dakota football game.  Make sure to bring the whole family out to one of North Dakota’s best and tastiest celebrations guaranteed to be “spudtacular” fun for all!    Potato Bowl Highlights Tuesday, September 8 Golf Scramble – 11 a.m. at Valley Golf Course Wednesday, September 9 Potato Chip Giveaway – Scheels All Sports Thursday, September 10 Baked Potato Bar – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at all Hugo’s locations JR Simplot World’s Largest French Fry Feed (food/soda stands, inflatable games, French fry eating contest, live music, meet the UND athletes) – 4:30 p.m. at University Park Rydell Fireworks Display – Dusk at UND Memorial Stadium Friday, September 11 Baked Potato Bar – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at all Hugo’s locations UND Fan Luncheon – 11:30 …

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What’s up this weekend (9.4.15)

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We kick off September with the Uff Da Mud Run on Saturday, obstacle racing Extreme North Dakota style. Your hosts, Ole and Lena invite you to participate in an extremely fun and challenging 5K course that will encompass roughly 20 obstacles as it winds its way along the Greenway in Greater Grand Forks.   Race categories: Solo adult, male or female Solo youth (13-17 years) Solo adult ELITE with cash prizes Family (one adult and up to two kids 6-12 years) Get registered today at http://endracing.com/uff-da!   Other events taking place include: Friday Night Races at River Cities Speedway – Every Friday beginning in April and running through mid-September River Cities Speedway, recently named No. 1 in the country for sprint car racing by PennLive.com, is alive with premier racing. Outlaw Sprints, Late Models, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks all vye for the checkered flag. Hot laps start at 6 p.m. with the races kicking off at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance ($3 discount on adult tickets) at Home of Economy, StaMart, University Station, El Roco Bottle Shop, Gateway Cenex or Northdale Oil. Discounts are available for military personnel and students. Live music …

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