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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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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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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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Raising the curtain

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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 2015-16 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, Dolly Parton, LeAnn Rhimes, Jewel, Air Supply 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 …

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What’s up this weekend (8.28.15)?

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If you are visiting Grand Forks this weekend or already live here and are looking for something to do, look no further. Each week the Convention & Visitors Bureau will highlight the upcoming weekend’s special events.   The weekend of August 28 promises to be a big one! With all the UND students back and some great activities, the town is sure to be bustling with lots of excitement. There is still time to buy tickets, register or just plan to attend these events.   Friday, August 28   Def Leppard at the Alerus Center – Styx and Tesla are joining these classic rockers with a show that promises of night a great music. Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster at various price points. The Alerus Center will start rockin’ at 7 p.m.   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 …

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Savor reds, get greens, hear blues

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Don’t have any plans for the next few weekends?  Want to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather?  Well, we’ve got some good news for you!  In addition to all the great shopping, attractions and dining our grand cities offer, Greater Grand Forks has a whole slate of colorful outdoor events coming up.   July 4:  Sertoma 4th of July Festival & Fireworks 12 Noon to 12 Midnight Downtown Town Square & The Greenway Patriotic Kids Parade, live entertainment, children’s activities, silent auction, watermelon feed, food concessions, beer garden, concerts by Kenny & the Classics and The Roosters, 55th Annual Fireworks Show and more Free admission More details may be found on the “Sertoma of Grand Forks” Facebook page   July 4, 11, 18, 25:  Outdoor Farmer’s Market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Town Square Fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, crafts and more Live entertainment and food concessions Free admission More details may be found on the “Town Square Farmer’s Market” Facebook page    July 11: Art & Wine Walk 1 to 5 p.m. Downtown Grand Forks – beginning on the corner of DeMers Avenue & 4th Street and ending at Empire Arts Center with a champagne tasting Sample an …

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Kid Stuff 101

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Yay, school’s out for the summer!  Uh-oh, now what am I gonna do?  If you’re looking for things to entertain kids, Greater Grand Forks has lots of options.    For outdoor fun, try the Sherlock Forest Playground, Sherlock Pool or the LaGrave Outdoor Skate Park, all located in East Grand Forks.  The Grand Forks Park District runs two outdoor splash parks, one in University Park and the other at Elks Pool, along with several playgrounds located throughout the city.  Turtle River State Park (just a short 22 miles west of Grand Forks) sponsors a summer series called “Dakota Explorers,” which is a hands-on environmental program for youngsters.   Family Fun Night, Grand Cities Art Fest and Sertoma Fun4th & Fireworks all feature many different games and activities.    On rainy day or when the temp dips a little too low, just head inside!  The Canad Inns Destination Center features a tropical themed water park and mega arcade for both guests and non-guests.  Likewise, the new Choice Health & Fitness facility offers an amazing water park and pool area, in addition to topnotch workout equipment and classes.  Pay a visit to the rock climbing wall located at the Grand Cities Mall or …

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Great grinds equal grand times

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Seattle and Portland may have started the whole coffeehouse craze but Grand Forks has definitely perfected it!  All throughout our town we have several java joints (some locally owned, some national chains) ready to brew you up a cup of caffeine filled deliciousness.  Each has a little something different to offer…but all offer a great place to have a grand time.   DAKOTA HARVEST BAKERS – Along with amazing French press coffee, Dakota Harvest has some of the best buns in town!  For sweets lovers like me, the ginormous caramel sticky buns and cinnamon rolls are definitely the way to go.  Although, I definitely wouldn’t turn down one of their butterscotch scones, raspberry white chocolate muffins or Special K bars.  Location: 17 North 3rd Street, 701-772-2100   CARIBOU COFFEE – This popular regional chain has a variety of tasty coffee creations to either warm you up or cool you down.  My top choices are the Northern Lite Latte and Iced Campfire Mocha.  They even have drinks for little ones including a yummy Hot Chocolate and Mango Orange Smoothie.  Location: 2400 South Washington Street, 701-775-3668   COFFEE COMPANY – This Grand Forks original is the only place in town that actually …

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Romancing your Valentine in Grand style

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  Don’t have any plans yet with your significant other?  Well then, you best read on!  Luckily, Greater Grand Forks has lots of great date options and here are my Top 5:   1. ON THE BOARDWALK.  Drive your date to the East Side for a flick and some food.  Start out the evening with an early showing of the new movie “Fifty Shades of Gray” at River Cinema 15.  Afterward, journey across the street to Blue Moose.  Located on the popular Boardwalk dining district, it’s the perfect spot for a juicy-licious burger stuffed with bleu cheese, mushrooms and ham or some sweet ‘n’ sassy Norwegian barbecue ribs.  Quench your thirst with a choice of nearly fifty brews of beer in their Back Forty Bar.   2. UPSCALE DOWNTOWN.  The Toasted Frog is the best place around to get pickled.  By that I mean their martinis and deep-fried cheesy pickles will make your head spin.  Then stroll hand-in-hand down 3rd Street to Sanders for a 5-star dinner with your 5-star sweetie that includes champagne, Maryland crab cakes, filet mignon with peppercorn sauce and a crème caramel that comes topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream.   …

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