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Summertime fun under SimplyGrand skies

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Warm temps plus sunny skies can only equal one thing: summer has officially arrived in our two Forks! While there are certainly many more, below are my top five SimplyGrand seasonal to-dos.   LISTENING SESSIONS. If you’re a fellow music lover, definitely add the Happy Harry’s Blues on the Red three-part summer music series to your calendar.  The final two concerts take place July 28 and August 15 in Town Square.  From 5 to 10 PM, listen to some of our region’s top blues musicians while enjoying tasty eats and drinks served up by local establishments.  Admission is just $5 but the food and brews are extra.   EXPLORING GREENS ON THE RED. Strolling or rolling on our beautifully groomed Greenway Trail System is a perfect way to enjoy a sunny day. Hop on a bike, strap on the inline skates or simply use your tennis shoes to propel yourself around.  Like to try navigating our north-flowing Red River?  Stop by Boathouse on the Red (weekends only from 10 AM to 8 PM) and rent a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. My favorite Greenway spot is near downtown because it’s easy to refuel with a yummy homemade cupcake or muffin …

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Summer in Grand Forks!

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Today’s blog comes from Shel Zolkewich, travel writer from Manitoba and friend of Greater Grand Forks.   What could be better than summer sunshine and an outdoor swimming pool? Two outdoor swimming pools, that’s what! We often visit the massive outdoor pool at Sherlock Park in East Grand Forks (500 Block and 4th Avenue NW, East Grand Forks, Minnesota). Last fall, we stumbled upon a second outdoor pool. The Riverside Park and Pool (1801 North 1st Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota) is virtually identical to the one in Sherlock Park. A Saturday afternoon at either offers tan lines and endless summer fun.   Both pools are big! There seems to be room for everyone no matter how busy the day gets. Each also has a kiddie wading pool designed to keep the wee ones cool. There are some chairs and loungers around the pools but spreading your towel on the concrete works too. A small water slide at each pool offers a quick entry into the water. But the crowning glory of these pools are the springboards. Each has two perched over a deep section of the pool for fancy diving or amusing belly flops.   Adult admission is $3 …

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Green days on the Greenway

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I absolutely love the 22 acres of Greenway (along the Red River) in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks!  I spent a lot of time biking it this weekend.  My daughter kept saying things like “isn’t it beautiful here?”, “we should spend all day on the Greenway” and “can we build a house on the Greenway?”.  Once I explained we couldn’t build a house on the Greenway, she was OK, but she still wanted to spend all day there. It is so great to know in any season the Greenway is available for use by visitors and residents alike at absolutely no charge.  The biking is always fun on the trails, and you can also roller blade (get in training for the first-ever Rollin’ on the River Inline Marathon), run, walk, etc. in the summer.  The Greenway features several parks, campground, two golf courses, three disc golf courses, more than 20 miles of multi purpose trails, shore bank fishing sites, canoeing, dog park and more. There are a number of businesses that have equipment available for rent to use on the Greenway, but I do think we need to figure out a way to have bike rentals available on site, …

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