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Flipping you 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 cooking 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); 4 to 8 PM (buffet) Aroma Café:  1205 N 43rd St (Ramada), Grand Forks, 701-775-3951; 7 to 1:30 PM (turkey dinner and regular menu) Big Sioux Café:   4401 32nd Ave S Grand Forks, 701-738-0441; 5 AM to 10 PM (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) IHOP:  3951 32nd Ave, Grand Forks, 701-775-7001; 24/7 (turkey dinner and …

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Get in the spirit

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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 at www.visitgrandforks.com or by downloading The Official Grand Forks App on Google Play or the App Store.   Nov. 25-Dec. 31 –> Go GRAND for the Holidays Tree Display & Open House at GGF Visitor Center (4251 Gateway Dr) Nov. 25-Dec. 31 –> Christmas in the Park Holiday Lights Tour at Lincoln Drive Park Nov. 25-27 & Dec. 1-4 –> “Christmas Story: The Musical” at Empire Arts Center Nov. 25-Dec. 26 –> Visit & Pictures with Santa at Columbia Mall Nov. 27 –> HollyDazzle Festival of Lights 2016 at Town Square/Downtown Nov. 27 –> Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show at Chester Fritz Auditorium Nov. 29 –> Kat Perkins: Home for the Holidays at Empire Arts Center Dec. 1 –> Kenny Rogers Christmas & …

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Play time at the Fire Hall

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Besides being one of the quaintest buildings in Greater Grand Forks, the historic Fire Hall Theatre has become a downtown venue hot spot for great live performing art. Home to the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre Company, this talented troop’s 69th Season of shows is nothing less than stellar! With everything from youthful musicals to impactful dramas, their upcoming productions will have you laughing, crying and up on your feet, giving a standing ovation.   As proof of its diversity, take a look at the 2016-17 schedule: November 11-13 & 18-20, 2016 – “Willy Wonka, Jr.” and “Hansel & Gretel” (Children’s musical version of two classic tales.) December 15-18, 2016 – “Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play” (Legendary holiday film performed in its original format.) February 2-18, 2017 – “Prelude to a Kiss” (Story of two people who fall in love despite the girl’s pessimistic outlook on life. Shortly after the couple’s wedding, a supernatural event tests the strength of their love and commitment.) March 23-April 8, 2017 – “Murder on the Nile” (1944 murder mystery play, by crime writer Agatha Christie, based on her 1937 novel Death on the Nile.)   For further details on these events and …

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Show up Downtown

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Besides being one of the most uniquely beautiful buildings in Greater Grand Forks, the historic Empire Arts Center has become a downtown hub of great live entertainment. Home to the Empire Theatre Company, this talented troop’s Season Five slate of shows is nothing less than stellar! With everything from hilarious musicals to impactful dramas, their upcoming productions will have you laughing, crying and up on your feet, giving a standing ovation. Several nationally acclaimed musicians will also be taking the stage, with some excellent holiday concerts booked for this fall.   As proof of its diversity, just take a look at the Empire’s 2016-17 schedule: October 13-15 & 20-22, 7:30 PM – “Constellations” (Drama examining how the tiniest change in the details of our lives can lead us on completely different paths. For mature audiences.) October 29, 30 & 31, Midnight – Nine & Numb presents: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE” (Prepare to be thrilled, chilled and fulfilled as a live cast of actors perform in front of a screen playing the cult 1975 film starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf.) November 25-27 & December 1-4, 7:30 PM /Sundays at 2 PM – “A Christmas Story: The Musical” …

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It’s a SimplyGrand pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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Autumn is here but no need to fear…you and the family are gonna fall in love with all the spooktacular fun to be had at Nelson’s Pumpkin Patch.  Since Halloween is only a few weeks away, time to get pumpkin’d up and pick your very own gourd before they’re all gone!   Located just west of Grand Forks, Nelson’s is a mere 20-mile drive to one great time.  Some of the cool to-dos include a pre-school straw maze, 10-acre spider web corn maze, hayrides, farm animal petting zoo, games, concessions and much more.  And if you’re feeling brave, the Gruesome Canary Haunted House is wicked good!   Nelson’s is open through October 30, from 3 to 6 PM during the week and 11 AM to 6 PM on weekends.  Their address is: 2448 20th Avenue NE, Emerado, ND.  Simply take the Grand Forks Air Force Base exit off Highway 2, then go 1½ miles north and a ¼ mile east…then look for the BIG PUMPKIN.  Additional information may be found at www.nelsonspumpkinpatch.com.  

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Takin’ it to the hoop

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If you’re a fan of high scoring, fast paced action and March Madness is your favorite time of year, a University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks basketball game is right up your alley…or court! Even though the men’s and women’s programs are only in their 5th season of Division I Big Sky Conference play, they’re already a force to be reckoned with.   Veteran head coach Brian Jones takes his club into this season on the heels of a 10-8 conference record in 2015-16 and a postseason tournament appearance. Starters Quinton Hooker and Carson Shanks head a team of skilled players at both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. The quick and tenacious sophomore guard Geno Crandall is also one to watch.   Strong favorites to finish atop the Big Sky, 4th season head coach Travis Brewster will once again be directing a squad of very gifted women. Leading scorers Makailah Dyer and Samantha Roscoe will light up the scoreboard, while fiery guard Leah Szabla frustrates opponents with her ball-handling and defensive skills. UND also has a full slate of other potent weapons including Bailey Strand and NDSU transfer Holly Johnson.   Along with a chance to see …

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Putting the excitement on ice

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In full discloser, I grew up in small North Dakota town where high school hoops ruled. Even though basketball is still my first love, when I finally experienced Division I college hockey live, I was hooked! If you’ve never been, Grand Forks offers plenty of chances to see all the action up close.   Under head coach Brian Idalski, watch the University of North Dakota Women’s Hockey team this season as they skate, pass and shoot their way to victory. With several standouts like Lisa Marvin and Amy Menke, UND is sure to see playoff action again this season.   The University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks Men’s team, with veteran coach and former UND hockey handout Brad Berry at the helm, is looking to end the season atop the NCHC. The whole crowd will jump to its feet after every goal and with future NHL stars like Gage Ausmus and Brock Boeser on the roster, you’ll be cheering nonstop.   Home ice advantage also means fans get to enjoy all the luxuries of the magnificent Ralph Engelstad Arena, including its granite floor concourses, plush leather seats, amazing sound system and state-of-the-art jumbo screens that highlight every second of the …

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Make Grand Forks the App of your iPhone or Android

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Ever missed out on a fun event because you hadn’t heard about it?  Or perhaps you could have saved 20% off a recent purchase with a discount you weren’t aware of?  Well, that never needs to happen again because the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has just launched its new mobile app! If you wanna be in the know 24/7/365, then “get the THE OFFICIAL GRAND FORKS APP” available now at Google Play and the App Store.   Key features of this SimplyGrand promotional tool include: the community’s most comprehensive calendar of events; deals and discounts for local businesses; great to-dos and must-sees; turn-by-turn directions and much more. Through push notifications, you’ll also be able to receive updates, new promotions and current tourism offerings. Don’t miss out or delay…grab the The Official Grand Forks App today!   Almost forgot, there is even more fabulous news about the CVB’s new mobile app. To help celebrate its debut, we are giving away a $100 gift card each month for the first six months! To be eligible, all you hafta do is “get the THE OFFICIAL GRAND FORKS APP” at Google Play or the App Store.  

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Taking center stage

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Wanna take a trip to the Great White Way without ever leaving Greater Grand Forks? Since 1972, the Chester Fritz Auditorium stage has hosted numerous legendary performances and with upcoming events ranging from Broadway to Beethoven and Christmas bells to steel drums, The Fritz’s remaining 2016 schedule is sure to please a wide variety of tastes.   At just over 2,300 seats, Chester Fritz is the perfect size to host musical theater and intimate concerts. Its top notch sound system, renowned acoustics and auditorium layout are such that it makes you feel at one with the production.   Experience a little of the auditorium’s great history by strolling down the halls lined with autographed pictures of past performers, just some of whom include Kenny Rogers, Wayne Newton, LeAnn Rimes, Jewel, Cliff Richard and Bette Midler. When you’re in the lobby, make sure to look up and enjoy the iconic beauty of the Starcher Chandelier. Custom made in Italy, it is lighted by approximately 30 lamps and blends 5,550 lead crystal beads, prisms and tear drops.   Whether it’s a family outing or date night out, Chester Fritz Auditorium has been the place to go for over 40 years. And no …

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Uncorked in Forks

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Where can you go to pick grand grapes and taste great wines in our SimplyGrand cities?  The popular Grape Mill Vineyard and Winery in East Grand Forks!   Overlooking the banks of the beautiful Red Lake River, the Mill’s cold, hardy grape vines produce a unique flavor specific to our region. The Halversons – Russ, Gail and Matt – planted their first 200 vines back in 2006.  Today, the vineyard has over 1600 vines including the varieties Marquette, La Crescent, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris and Brianna. The family hopes you’ll enjoy their wines and appreciate the time and effort that goes into each bottle.   With Red, White and Blush varieties, Grape Mill offers a vino for every palate.  Be sure to stop in their tasting room and try one of your favorites or grab a bottle to take home for later.   Situated on the estate, take a stroll through the vineyard and discover just what makes their vines so special.  You’ll also learn how each variety is grown, cultivated and turned into delicious wine.   Grape Mill is located at 18696 430th Avenue SW in East Grand Forks, MN.  They are open Friday through Sunday, from 12 to 7 p.m.  For …

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