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Entertaining you in simply grand style

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The Alerus Center, Grand Forks’ premiere entertainment and convention facility, is the perfect place to entertain and be entertained. Completed in 2001, with a recent remodel and new additions, it is considered one of the top arenas in the country.   The main arena, with a full set seating capacity of 21,000, has been used for a wide variety of events.   As home to Division I-AA University of North Dakota football, they’ve hosted many exciting college games, in addition to other sports ranging from Harlem Globetrotters and NBA basketball to professional bull riding and wrestling. Some of the most popular performers in the nation, including Luke Bryan, George Strait, Britney Spears, Keith Aerosmith, Cher, Keith Urban and The Eagles have all taken center stage at the Alerus. Because of the BOSE Quality Sound Systems they use, you’ll find the acoustics to be amazing, especially for such a large arena.   When you’re searching for a venue to hold a convention, conference, family gathering or wedding, the Alerus Center’s 12 meeting rooms and ballroom provide a perfect fit. The friendly, knowledgeable staff will be there every step of the way to ensure your event meets (and even exceeds) expectations.   The …

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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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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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Country stars take the Grand stage

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At a typical concert, the audience has a good time.  For me, however, the trademark of an awesome concert is when both the crowd and performers are all having a great time.  According to several rave reviews, both Eric Church and Luke Bryan definitely serve up the latter.  Even though both play in a new city almost every night, their strong, earnest voices and high energy level are said to be consistent with every performance.  That’s why we are so excited to announce that Church will be bringing his The Outsiders Tour to Ralph Engelstad Arena, on April 7, at 7:30 p.m.  Then on May 8, at 7:00 p.m., Bryan’s Kick Up the Dust Tour comes to the Alerus Center.   With a slew of Top 20 songs to his credit, Eric Church’s popularity continues soaring to new heights.  His 2013 release and top selling CD to-date, Chief, won ACM Album of the Year and spawned two #1 songs, “Springsteen” and “Drink In My Hand”.  Church knows how to be a rebellious rocker one moment, then turn around and wow the crowd with a sentimental ballad.  His mass appeal fills the seats with an eclectic mix of grandparents, tattooed teens …

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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 at www.visitgrandforks.com.   Thru Dec. 7: 21st Annual Festival of Trees @ Columbia Mall Sears Wing Thru Dec. 31: Christmas in the Park Holiday Lights Tour @ Lincoln Drive Park Dec. 4-6: “Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” @ Empire Arts Center Dec. 6: Winter wUNDerland Concert @ Chester Fritz Auditorium Dec. 6-7: Historical Society Holiday Open House @ Myra Museum Dec. 7:  91st Annual Christmas Musicale @ United Lutheran Church Dec. 7: Annual Family Christmas Party @ Heritage Village Dec. 11-14: “Best Christmas Pageant Ever” @ Red River HS Auditorium Dec. 11-15 & 18-21: Santa Village 2014 @ Lincoln Park Club House Dec. 13: A Family Christmas …

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Upcoming showcases offer great holiday gift ideas

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Today’s post comes from Michaela Schell, local blogger and business woman.   The holidays are just around the corner, and November brings so many local showcases that offer a wide array of holiday gift ideas. Here are some of the showcases going on in upcoming weeks for you to find that one-of-a-kind gift for the people on your list.   Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase On November 9 and 10, the Alerus Center will be packed with products all made in North Dakota. More than 500 member companies, ranging in size from large companies with more than 100 employees to “mom-and-pop” operations, participate in the statewide Pride of Dakota program. Many of these companies will be at the showcase in Grand Forks with their products and services for you to check out and purchase. In 2012, more than 34,000 shoppers came out and supported North Dakota companies in these showcases held in Grand Forks, Fargo, Minot and Bismarck. Come support these local companies and get some gifts that can only be found in North Dakota!   Event Details: Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Alerus Center $2/person at the door Holiday Bazaar In tandem …

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Trendy, new music venue opens Downtown

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Today’s blog is written by Michaela Schell, a local writer and business professional.   A new music venue has come to Downtown Grand Forks! You probably haven’t seen any big outdoor sign marking its location, actually you can’t even see the venue from the street. That’s because it is tucked away in one of Downtown’s already prominent landmarks… The Empire Arts Center. What used to be a staging area behind the theater has be recreated into a trendy little social area the Empire is calling “The Backstage Project.”  The Empire’s website describes it as a place “designed to utilize creative, urban spaces for live music performances by local and regional artists.” I call it “pretty cool.” Grand Forks is lucky to have the large scale concert venues such as the Alerus Center and Ralph Engelstad Arena and mid-size venues like the Empire’s and the Chester Fritz Auditorium’s stages for fairly large performances, but we have always been missing that small, intimate space where local artists can perform to an up-close and personal crowd. Until now. The Backstage Project kicked off its first show of the series on April 5th with music from local jazz band favorite, Jazz On Tap. Jazz …

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Simply grand events – week of August 20

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Kid friendly

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If you have kids – or you’re just a kid at heart – Greater Grand Forks has tons of awesome activities and events!   For outdoor fun, head to East Grand Forks and the brand new Sherlock Forest Playground.  There are also several other parks, on both sides of the river, with great play equipment, basketball hoops and areas to rollerblade, skateboard, fly a kite or simply just frolic in the sun.   Feel like staying indoors?  The Canad Inns Destination Center features an amazing water park and mega arcade for guests and non-guests alike.  Pay a visit to the Northern Lights Model Railroad Museum or stop by the rock climbing wall located in the Grand Cities Mall.  The First Seasons Community Center, sponsored by the Grand Forks Park District, offers indoor playground equipment and other fun things to occupy the day.  The whole family will want to explore the Cabela’s store in East Grand Forks.  It features a 10,000 gallon aquarium filled with indigenous fish, a trout stream and numerous wild game mounts.   There are also plenty of special events coming up that both children and adults will enjoy:   -Preschool Story Time, every Tuesday, Grand Forks Public …

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It’s tater time in the Forks!

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This year marks the 46th Anniversary of a Greater Grand Forks tradition known as Potato Bowl USA. This week will be full of entertaining events centering on our region’s most popular staple crop. There will be tons of great food including potato pancake breakfasts, 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 the North Dakota’s best and tastiest celebrations guaranteed to be spudtacular fun for all! The Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is proud to be the presenting sponsor of UND Taigating, and you won’t want to miss your chance to win a package including two UND Football season tickets, two cooler chairs, $50 Alerus Center gift card, $50 Happy Harry’s gift card and $50 L&M Meats gift card. Potato Bowl Highlights Tuesday – Golf scramble, 12 p.m., Valley Golf Course Wednesday – Potato Chip Giveaway, Columbia Mall Thursday – Baked Potato Bar, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., all Hugo’s locations Thursday – World’s Largest French Fry Feed with food/soda, live music, “Meet the Sioux”, inflatable games …

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