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LegeNDary haunts equal SimplyGraND times

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This Halloween, spirits from our community’s past will descend upon the normally quiet grounds of the Grand Forks Historical Society (2405 Belmont Road) to fill your evening with fright and fun.  The 9th Annual Legends of Terror Haunted House is guaranteed to be a hair-raising, heart pounding happening!  It runs from 8 PM to Midnight both Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21.  If you’re a little ghoul who prefers not-too-scary stories and way-too-sweet treats, there is a special Half Pint Haunt just for you on Sunday, October 29, from 1 to 4 PM.   However, that’s just the tip of the events iceberg!  Listed below are more all hallowed eve type to-dos: Nelson’s Pumpkin Patch & Gruesome Granary Haunted House – through October 29; 3 to 6 PM (Weekdays) & 11 AM to 6 PM (Weekends); 2448 20th Ave NE, Emerado Black Cat Bash – October 24; 5:30 to 7:30 PM; First Season Community Center “The Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE” – October 27, 28 & 31; 11:59 PM; Empire Arts Center Jingle Bell Run: Halloween Edition – October 28; Kids 1-Mile Monster Dash at 9 AM & 5K Zombie Run/Walk at 9:30 AM; Choice Health & Fitness Haunted …

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Value vacationing in Greater Grand Forks

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During times when the exchange rate and/or economy may not be ideal, we realize how you spend your money is more important than ever.  When visiting our two towns, you’ll find a variety of top-notch lodging, dining, shopping and entertainment options at unbelievably low prices.   Should our community have the privilege of hosting you, either for a weeklong vacation or weekend getaway, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau will assist in any way possible to help find the best buys out there.  The Grand Forks App (which can be downloaded at Google Play or the App Store) and website (www.visitgrandforks.com) Deals & Discounts pages feature awesome offers at a variety of local businesses.   Below is a list of Visitors’ Top 5 Most Redeemed Offers: 20% off room rack rate at Rodeway Inn $74 Sunday-Thursday room rate at Expressway Suites Buy one, get one free on any in-store items at Northern Roots Boutique (lesser priced item will be free) $5 off a purchase of two Sunday brunch, buffet, lunch or dinners at Eagle’s Crest Grill Free admission to the North Dakota Museum of Art Make sure to stop in our Visitor Center, as well, to pick up …

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Harvest the fun in Greater Grand Forks

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Autumn is here but no need to fear…you’re sure to fall in love with all the spooktacular happenings in Greater Grand Forks. Since Halloween is only a few weeks away, time to get pumpkin’d up and experience one a-maze-ing time with the whole family!   Located just west of Grand Forks, Nelson’s Pumpkin Patch is a mere 20-mile drive to one great time.  Some of the cool to-dos are a preschool straw maze, 11-acre corn maze, hayrides, farm animal petting zoo, Jack O’Lantern bounce house, games, concessions and much more.  And if you’re feeling brave, the Gruesome Canary Haunted House is wicked good! Nelson’s is open through October 29, from 3 to 6 PM during the week and 11 AM to 6 PM on weekends.  Their address is: 2448 20th Avenue NE, Emerado, ND.  Simply take the Grand Forks Air Force Base exit off Highway 2, then go 1½ miles north + a ¼ mile east and look for the BIG PUMPKIN.  More information may be found at www.nelsonspumpkinpatch.com.   Bring the whole family out for a day of fun ‘n’ games at Valley Corn Maize!  In addition to the 10-Acre Corn Maze and Kids Straw Maze, other attractions include a …

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When the lights go down in our cities

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If you’re looking for some cool nighttime to-dos, our SimplyGrand Forks are one hot ticket! With everything from live music and karaoke to bar bingo and trivia takeovers, we’ve got plenty of ways to entertain you.   Listed below is just a sampling of all the different places to play around after the sun goes down: Bar Bingo/Bargo – Up North Pizza Pub (Tuesdays at 7 PM) Karaoke – Brick & Barley (Tuesdays at 10:30 PM); Rhombus Guys Pizza (Wednesdays at 10 PM); O’Really’s Irish Pub (Wednesdays & Fridays at 10 PM); Diamond Lounge (every other Thursday, starting September 21, at 7:30 PM); El Roco Bar & Grill (Thursdays at 9 PM) Live Music – The Ember (Thursday Bluegrass Jam); Diamond Lounge (Weekends at 9 PM); Long Haul Saloon (Weekends at 9 PM); Shotgun Sally’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Saloon (Weekends at 9 PM); Southgate Bar & Grill (Weekends at 9 PM) Open Mic Night – The Ember (Fridays, October 6-December 1) Pool – El Roco Bar & Grill; The Loft; TJ’s Sports Bar Trivia – Bonzer’s (Mondays at 8 PM); The Diamond (Tuesdays at 7 PM); Ramada Dreamers Lounge (Tuesdays at 8 PM); Rhombus Guys Pizza (Tuesdays at 10 PM); …

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Play up Downtown

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Besides being one of the most charming buildings in Greater Grand Forks, the historic Fire Hall Theatre has become a downtown hot spot for great live performing art. Home to the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre Company (GGFCT), this talented troop’s 70th Season of shows is nothing less than stellar! With everything from youthful musicals to ageless dramas, their upcoming productions will have you laughing, crying and up on your feet, giving a standing ovation.   As proof of its diversity, peruse the GGFCT 2017-18 schedule: September 28-30, 2017 – “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” –> Thelma & Louise meets the Church Basement Ladies in Bo Wilson’s popular comedic play. November 3-5 & 10-12, 2017 – “Disney’s High School Musical” –> This story of teen angst has been artfully adapted from the popular television movie. December 7-10, 2017 – “A Christmas Carol: The Radio Play” –> One of the most iconic holiday films ever gets performed in its original format. February 1-4, 8-11 & 15-17, 2018 – “Over the River and Through the Woods” –> When a single, Italian-American son/grandson from New Jersey decides to pursue his dream job out of state, the news doesn’t sit so well with his family. …

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Stop, rock and get rolling on The Greenway

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BREAKING NEWS: The Greenway of Greater Grand Forks is going to be overtaken!   No worries, though; it’ll be one SimplyGraND kind of invasion.  The Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce that the 1st Annual Greenway Takeover Festival (GTF) will rock our two towns September 21-24, 2017! This multi-day music festival is set to take place Downtown, on The Greenway, just north of Sorlie Memorial Bridge. Each day you can expect top-notch local, regional and headlining music, plus a food truck alley, beer sales, picnic area and games for both kids and adults.  One of the best parts about this family-friendly celebration is that it was organized, in large part, to showcase the awesome community spirit that makes Grand Forks/East Grand Forks a great place to live and visit!   Here’s how the Takeover works. HB Sound & Light will be setting up a massive stage, sound system and light show on the green space next to our Red River of the North.  Headlining bands have been booked for each day.  Four local arts groups are charged with taking over a day in the festival and creating a unique sound and atmosphere for their respective day.  That means …

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Forksful of weekend fun

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Sadly, summer is coming to an end but in these two towns, we plan on sending that season out with a bang!  This weekend alone, here are just five of many SimplyGrand to-dos:   GET BOWLED OVER.  One of our region’s most popular festivals celebrating one of our most popular staple crops, Potato Bowl Week USA offers up a spudtacular time for all September 5-9! Some of the highlights include the World’s Largest French Fry Feed & Fireworks Display on Thursday and Get Wet & Run Wild! Kids Fun Run on Friday.  The week culminates Saturday with a Potato Pancake Breakfast (7:30 AM to 1 PM at Sons of Norway), Parade (10 AM down University Avenue), Tailgate Party (beginning at 8 AM in Alerus Center parking lot) and the 52nd Annual Potato Bowl Football Game featuring our UND Fighting Hawks taking on Missouri State (4 PM kick-off at Alerus Center).   STOP, SHOP & ROCK.  September 8 and 9, from 11 AM to 6 PM on Friday and 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday, DeMers & 3rd will be hoppin’ during the 2nd Annual Downtown Street Fair!  Dozens of food trucks will be on hand, as well as a …

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Tater time fun for tots and adults

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This year marks the 52nd Anniversary of a SimplyGrand tradition known as Potato Bowl USA. The week of September 5-9, 2017, will be filled with entertaining events centering on our region’s most popular staple crop. There will be tons of tasty food including a potato pancake breakfast, baked potato bars and of course, the World’s Largest French Fry Feed & Fireworks display. Friday offers up a great time for the little ones at the Get Wet & Run Wild! Kids Fun Run…and a rockin’ time for adults later that night during JLG’s Rock the Streets Dance. 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…it’s sure to be a spudtacular time for all!   Potato Bowl USA Week Highlights Tuesday, September 5 Potato Bowl PLINKO Contest begins – Register at any local Hugo’s Family Marketplace Wednesday, September 6 Potato Bowl Golf Scramble – 11 AM at Valley Golf Course Thursday, September 7 Baked Potato Bar – 11 AM to 1:30 PM at all local Hugo’s locations World’s Largest French Fry Feed (free fries courtesy of …

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Scoring and soaring to new heights

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The whole crowd will be up cheering after every Fighting Hawks touchdown and with some of the best athletes in the country on the field, don’t expect to spend very much time in your seat! 2016 Big Sky Coach of the Year, Bubba Schweigert, has developed quite a pattern in his four years at UND: every season the team produces more positive results than the season before. Along with talented senior quarterback Keaton Studsrud and top running back John Santiago, they hope to lead the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks to another championship season. Undefeated in 2016 conference play, UND is picked to finish atop the Big Sky once again in 2017!   You’ll also be able to enjoy all of the Alerus Center’s indoor comforts and jumbotron screens that capture every play you missed or just have to see one more time. A few of this season’s enhancements include a brand new sound system, top-of-the-line LED sports lighting and free public access Wi-Fi. Feeling hungry? Make sure to check out the large concession area with a variety of delicious food and beverages, including a new featured Panini of the Game, The Grand Hot Dog and Coach Bubba Burger: …

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Get uncorked in our Forks

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See ya later Sonoma.  Maybe next time Napa Valley.  Why travel across the country when you can pick great grapes and taste grand wines right here in Greater Grand Forks…at the popular Grape Mill Vineyard and Winery!   While they may overlook the banks of the beautiful Red Lake River, Grape Mill’s cold hardy vines produce red, white and blush varieties with a unique, palate-pleasing flavor specific to our region. The Halversons – Russ, Gail and Matt – planted their first 200 grape vines back in 2006.  Today, the vineyard has well over 2,000 vines including the varieties Marquette, La Crescent, Frontenac Gris, Frontenac Blanc and Brianna.   Situated on the estate, take a stroll through the vineyard and discover just what makes their vines so special.  You’ll also learn how each variety is grown, cultivated and turned into delicious wine.   After taking the tour, be sure to stop in Grape Mill’s tasting room and try some of your favorites or grab a bottle to take home for later.  On most Saturdays, you’ll also be serenaded by talented local musicians while you imbibe.   Grape Mill is located at 18696 430th Avenue SW in East Grand Forks, MN.  They are open …

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