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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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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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If you’re a fan of bouncing balls and like to shake your pompoms, a University of North Dakota basketball game is a must-attend event!  Even though the men’s and women’s programs are only in the third year of official DI status, they’re already a force to be reckoned with.    Picked to finish atop the Big Sky Conference, third-year head coach Travis Brewster will once again be directing a squad of very gifted young women.  Leading scorers Mia Lloyd and Emily Evers will light up the scoreboard, while fiery guards Kelsey Knox and Leah Szabla frustrate opponents with their quickness and tenacity.  UND also has a full slate of other potent weapons including sophomore Makailah Dyer and freshman Bailey Strand.   Veteran head coach Brian Jones takes his club into this season on the heels of a 12-8 record in 2013-14 and a postseason tournament appearance.  Starters Quinton Hooker and Jaron Nash head a team of skilled players at both the offensive and defensive ends of the court.  And the tall ‘n’ talented 7-0 freshman Carson Shanks is definitely one to watch.   Along with a chance to see two of the most exciting young teams in the country compete, …

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UND Football “Tailgater of the Year” to be awarded this Saturday

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It has been an exciting first season in the Big Sky Conference for the University of North Dakota Football team! UND will host their final home game of the regular season this Saturday, November 3, at the Alerus Center. I definitely appreciate the opportunity to watch football indoors at the beginning of November in North Dakota!   The Convention & Visitors Bureau has been a proud sponsor of the Tailgating Village outside the Alerus Center for the last two seasons, and this year we designated a “Tailgater of the Game” at each home game with the winner(s) receiving prize packages valued at $250. This Saturday the “Tailgater of the Year” will be crowned from the pool of the past five winners. This recipient will receive a prize package valued at $500 along with bragging rights and a flag designating the title!   These high-spirited UND Football fans fill the Alerus Center parking lot hours before each game with food, festivities and fun. Here are the game winners and the entries for “Tailgater of the Year”:   August 30 – Al Pearson has been enjoying UND Football since 1961, and when he is tailgating he is decked out in UND gear …

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Tater time fun for tots and adults

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This year marks the 47th Anniversary of a Greater Grand Forks tradition known as Potato Bowl USA. This week (September 3-8) will be full of entertaining events centered around 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 Unviersity 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!   Scheduled activities for the remainder of the week:   Wednesday, September 5 Potato Chip Giveaway @ Columbia Mall Thursday, September 6 Baked Potato Bar – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ all Hugo’s locations World’s Largest French Fry Feed (food/soda stands, inflatable games, French fry eating contest, live music, meet UND athletes) – 4:30 p.m. @ University Park Rydell Fireworks Display – Dusk @ UND Memorial Stadium Friday, September 7 Baked Potato Bar – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ all Hugo’s locations Sioux Booster Luncheon – 12 noon @ Alerus Center Hugo’s Potato Bowl 8K Run & Tater …

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Putting the excitment on ice

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Have you experienced the excitement of live NCAA Division I hockey yet this season? If not, there are plenty of chances to see all the action up close. Under the expert direction of 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 top players returning, including former Olympians Monique and Jocelyn Lamoureax, UND is sure to see playoff action again this season. The University of North Dakota Men’s Hockey team, with veteran coach Dave Hakstol at the helm, is looking to repeat as WCHA champions.  The whole crowd will jump to their feet after every goal and with future NHL stars like Danny Kristo, Corban Knight and Derek Forbot on the ice, 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 action.  If a variety of delicious food and beverages is what you’re looking for, pay a visit to one of the many concession areas located throughout. If …

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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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What do we do now?

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It has been a busy summer in the Grand Cities; school has started and the UND students have all moved back, and we are on the heels of a fabulous Grand Forks weekend with the first-ever Rollin’ on the River Inline Marathon (the Convention & Visitors Bureau was the presenting sponsor by the way) and a record breaking attendance for the last of the 2011 three-part music series, Blues on the Red.  It may have some asking what do we do now?  The answer is PLENTY!  I am going to just give you a brief taste of some of the great events coming up (details and more events can be found on our Calendar of Events) in September: -UND Football season opener vs. Drake September 1 at the Alerus Center (don’t miss tailgating, as the presenting sponsor, the Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a great prize package) -Friday Night Races at the River Cities Speedway through September 16 -Outdoor Farmer’s Market in Town Square through September 24 -Choice Financial 10K Fun Run/Walk Setember 10 -Tour de Forks Bike Ride & Walk in Lincoln Drive Park on September 11 -AudioBody at the Chester Fritz on September 11 -Art & …

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Simply Great Tailgate 2011

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As the tailgating presenting sponsor, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau is ready to get everyone revved up for the fast approaching University of North Dakota Football season by sponsoring the Simply Great Tailgate 2011 promotion and giveaway. Qualifying is easy. All you have to do is answer yes to both of the following questions. 1. Are you someone who would love to attend every UND Football home game? 2. Do you have a true appreciation for each of the five game day food groups: Chips & Dips; One-Pot Wonders; Chargrilled Meats; Deep Fried Delicacies and Liquid Concoctions? If so, you are eligible to win one of two UND Football tailgating packages the Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away.  Included in each package: -Two 2011 season tickets -Two UND sweatshirts -$50 Alerus gift certficate toward any food and/or beverage purchase -Two UND convertible cooler-chairs filled with an assortment of goodies To enter the Simply Great Tailgate contest, all you need to do is “Like” the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook or “Follow” @visitgrandforks on Twitter.  If you already like and/or follow us, you are automatically registered!  The drawings will occur Monday, August 29!  …

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Welcome back UND!

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It is once again that time of year when the community begins bustling with new and returning college students moving into dorms and apartments as they begin a new year at the University of North Dakota!  It is definitely an exciting time as thousands come back to Greater Grand Forks! The official move in date is Friday, August 19, and parents and families will be wearing “Proud of my UND student” buttons as they explore our city.  We hope these families will be given a warm welcome to Greater Grand Forks.  These students and families mean so much to our community! There are a number of activites planned August 19-22 with classes starting on the 22nd.  A complete schedule of events can be found online. With the start of school the UND football season will be upon us!  The Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau is honored to be the sponsor of tailgating at the Alerus Center, and we will be doing some season ticket package giveaways, so be on the lookout!  

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