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Rockin’ the Ralph & Betty too


Everyone knows about all the exciting happenings that take place at the awesome Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA).  However, the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (BESC) right next door has got it goin’ on, as well!   Since its completion, the Betty has welcomed many great events and is best known as the host facility for the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference University of North Dakota Women’s Basketball, Volleyball and Men’s Basketball teams.  Prior to their Division I transition, it was even voted the best Division II women’s basketball facility in the nation.   Of course, the Ralph is home to eight-time Division I National Champion University of North Dakota Men’s Hockey.  Some of the other things held there include concerts by a variety of award-winning musicians and nationally popular stand-up comedians, Disney productions and an array of professional sporting events.   Both facilities feature beautiful granite floor lobbies, large concessions and lounge areas and hall of fame sections for their respective sports.  For a nominal fee, you may join one of the guided tours taking place every Monday through Friday, at 1:30 PM, beginning and ending in the Ralph’s Sioux Shop.  This 90-minute trek tours guests through the entire $100+ …

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Wooing your Valentine in #SimplyGrand style


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:   LOVE ON THE EAST SIDE. Drive your date to downtown East Grand Forks for a romantic movie and some ‘heart’y food.  Start out the evening with an earlier showing at River Cinema 15, perhaps in one of the theaters with new heated recliner seating.  Afterward, journey down the Riverwalk Centre hallway and canoodle over noodles at Mamma Maria’s.  Just some of the divine dishes to try are the classic homemade lasagna, chicken milano, lobster ravioli and cranberry tortellini.  And of course, a nice bottle of vino is a must.   UPSCALE AFFAIR. The Toasted Frog is the best place around to get pickled.  By that, I mean their martinis and deep-fried cheesy pickles are so amazing, they’ll make your head spin!  Upon exiting the Frog, grab your date’s hand, then stroll down 3rd Street, over and up to Sky’s on the 2nd floor of 322 DeMers.  Treat your 5-star sweetie to a 5-star dinner that includes classic cocktails, crab cakes, a king or …

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#SimplyGrand service compliments of the CVB


You know the saying: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Well, that definitely does NOT apply to all the amazing complimentary services the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) provides to sports tournaments, conferences and conventions being held in our cities!   Skilled, professional CVB staff are ready to guide and assist organizers through the whole process of planning and executing a successful event.  From finding the ideal venue and helping with bid preparation to securing room blocks and servicing your attendees while here, all our services are top-notch and FREE of charge.   Here’s just a partial listing of the simply grand things we can offer you:   BID PREPARATION & PRESENTATION: Our sales staff will prepare and present formal bid proposals for conventions and sporting events.  Staff will also coordinate and host site visits.   HOSPITALITY PACKETS: We offer information for registration packets, including a hospitality bag, Greater Grand Forks Visitors Guide, Go Grand Coupon Book and others.  Coaches’ clipboards, water bottles, personalized pucks, snacks or food and beverage vouchers may also be available upon request. [Value = $17/100 packets; $500 + snacks; $5-$7/concession voucher]   REGISTRATION ASSISTANCE: Friendly, qualified CVB …

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Have one fine auld lang syne

New Years 2018, christmas holiday. Funny children with sunglasses, hold 2018 candles, lies on the wooden floor.

No plans yet for New Year’s Eve? Ring in 2018 with your family and friends in Greater Grand Forks!  Our two towns provide residents and visitors lots of opportunities to have a great time in the great outdoors. Whether you want to pretend you’re legendary like Sidney Crosby or Kristi Yamaguchi, both the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Park Districts offer scheduled times for open skating. If you’d rather do circle eights Downtown, the Town Square Ice Rink is just your cup of tea (or hot chocolate)! The whole family can also take in a day of sledding or cross-country skiing in Lincoln Drive Park.   If it’s blustery outside, then give bowling a try at one of two alleys. The kids would definitely enjoy splashing around in our water parks: Canad Inns Destination Center and Choice Health & Fitness. Open from 7:30 AM till 8 PM, Choice also features basketball, racquetball and tennis courts, fitness classes and a Kids Zone interactive play area. Northern Air Family Fun Center will be open from 10 AM to 7 PM and features a trampoline park, laser tag, plus lots of inflatables. And don’t forget to take a spin through Lincoln Drive …

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SimplyGrand Xmas eats


Searching for somewhere to feast on Christmas Eve and/or Day?  While most local establishments will be closed December 24 & 25, there are a handful offering meals for those not dining at home.    Aaltos:  1000 S 42nd St (Canad Inn), Grand Forks, 701-792-1957; Open Christmas Eve until 3 PM and Christmas Day from 8 to 11 AM   Big Sioux Café:   4401 32nd Ave S Grand Forks, 701-738-0441; Open Christmas Eve until 2 PM   Denny’s:  3770 32nd Ave S, Grand Forks, 701-757-1148; Open Christmas Eve until 2 PM   IHOP:  3951 32nd Ave, Grand Forks, 701-775-7001; Open both Christmas Eve and Day (24 hours)   L’Bistro:  1000 S 42nd St (Canad Inn), Grand Forks, 701-792-1960; Open Christmas Eve until 7 PM   Little Bangkok:  415 2nd St NW, East Grand Forks, 218-399-1122; Open Christmas Eve until 4 PM   Roadhouse Café:  4720 Gateway Dr, Grand Forks, 701-772-1273; Open Christmas Eve until 3 PM   Sakura:  3250 32nd Ave S, Grand Forks, 701-757-3888; Open Christmas Eve until 10 PM and Christmas Day from 11 AM to 11 PM   Tavern United:  1000 S 42nd St (Canad Inn), Grand Forks, 701-792-1958; Open Christmas Eve until 7 PM   The above …

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Building blocks of fun in Greater Grand Forks


If you build it, they will come.  That’s what the staff of HB Sound & Light believed back in 2015…and they were correct.  The 3rd Annual Holiday LEGO Display, December 8-26, 2017, is backand better than ever!   This free, family-friendly event features thousands of toy blocks being used to re-create Grand Forks blocks.  Numerous iconic buildings and landmarks, such as Widman’s Candy Shop and the Smiley water tower, come alive in a magical miniature LEGO-inspired wonderland.  It all takes place Downtown, in the HB Warehouse, at 101 North 8th Street.  Business hours are 10 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM.   Even though that would be totally awesome on its own, they didn’t stop there!  In addition to the simply grand displays, there will also be several special Open House happenings:    December 8, 5 to 8 PM (21+ ONLY): Tickets may be purchased online or at the door for $20 and include three drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres by North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe, live music, plus the chance to win a limited-edition Whisky by Far North Spirits and LEGO Architecture set. Alcohol may be purchased at the event from …

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Go Grand for the holidays


Not really in the spirit of the season yet?  I know what will put the jingle in everyone’s bells and the jolly in their holly, as well!  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 sparkling events galore.   Following is a list of holiday happenings that are sure to get you feeling very merry. Through Dec. 24: Visit & Pictures with Santa at Columbia Mall Through Dec. 31: Christmas in the Park Holiday Lights Tour at Lincoln Drive Park Nov. 28-30 & Dec. 1-3: Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” at Empire Arts Center Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Muddy Waters Winter Showcase at Muddy Waters Clay Center Dec. 2: Heritage Christmas Festival 2017 at Heritage Village Dec. 2: Winter wUNDerland Concert at Chester Fritz Auditorium Dec. 2-3: Holiday Home Tour 2017 at All Season’s Garden Center Dec. 3: Thursday Music Club Annual Christmas Musicale at Calvary Lutheran Church Dec. 6: GF Historical Society presents A Rock & Roll Christmas Party at Ramada Grand Forks Dec. 7-10: “A Christmas Carol” Radio Play at Fire Hall Theatre Dec. 7-10 & 14-17: Santa’s Village 2017 at Lincoln Park …

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The bird is the word


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!   The following information was provided by businesses who informed us of their holiday hours.  However, additional dining establishments may also be open.   Aaltos: 1000 S 42nd St (Canad Inns), Grand Forks, 701-792-1957; 11 AM to 8 PM (Thanksgiving buffet)   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 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; open 24 hours (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 (Thanksgiving buffet)   Hilton Garden Inn: 4301 James Ray …

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Let us entertain you


When it comes to having a simply grand time, these Forks are fine-tuned with top notch entertainment.  Whether you prefer a country concert or a holiday production, our variety of amazing venues are perfect hosts for any event.   Check out just some of the noteworthy shows coming up on the calendar: Nov. 17 – Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos at Empire Arts Center Nov. 19 – Grand Cities Children’s Choir at Chester Fritz Auditorium Nov. 24 – Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” at Chester Fritz Auditorium Nov. 24-26 & 29-Dec. 3 – Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” at Empire Arts Center Nov. 26 – Cirque Musica Holiday: “Believe” at Alerus Center Nov. 28 – UND Wind Ensemble & University Band at Chester Fritz Auditorium Dec. 2 – Winter wUNDerland Concert at Chester Fritz Auditorium Dec. 3 – Thursday Music Club Annual Christmas Musicale at Calvary Lutheran Church Dec. 7-10 – “A Christmas Carol: Radio Play” at Fire Hall Theatre Dec. 9 – Dance etc! Holiday Showcase at Chester Fritz Auditorium Dec. 10 – GGF Symphony Orchestra: “A Russian Winter” at Empire Arts Center Dec. 11 – A Magical Musical Medora Christmas at Empire Arts Center Dec. 15 & 16 – ND …

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Cool kid stuff


“I’m bored.” Have you recently heard those two words every parent and babysitter dreads? No worries; Greater Grand Forks has lots of options to entertain kids.   For outdoor cold weather fun, try cross country skiing and sledding either on the Greenway or just 22 short miles west at Turtle River State Park. Sometimes simply strapping on some ice skates or building the biggest and best snowman ever in one of our beautiful local parks, followed by a cup of hot chocolate, is better than any event that requires admission.   When the temps dip below the freezing mark, just head inside! The Canad Inns Destination Center features a tropical themed water park and mega arcade for both guests and non-guests. Likewise, Choice Health & Fitness facility offers an amazing water park and pool area, in addition to basketball and tennis courts. Pay a visit to Scheels Sports in Columbia Mall for some rollerball or bubble hockey; plus, fudge or ice cream afterward in their café. First Season Community Center has indoor playground equipment and other fun things to occupy the day, while kids can jump for joy at Northern Air Family Fun Center, complete with a trampoline park, inflatables …

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