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Parking it at Turtle River

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Greek philosopher Aristotle once said: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”  We at the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau (aka Visit Grand Forks) couldn’t agree more!  While our two towns offer up lots of simply grand outdoor spots for both adults and kids to enjoy…less than a half hour drive away, you’ll find one more great place to play!   Situated on in a scenic wooded valley, Turtle River State Park (TRSP) is located just 22 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2. TRSP was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and offers year-round recreational activities such as camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking and biking. Rustic group cabins can also be rented.   If fishing is your thing, the Turtle River is stocked with rainbow trout.  No pole?  No worries!  You can borrow all the needed gear at the park office.   To truly experience TRSP, I suggest lacing up the hiking boots.  Another way to capture all the beauty is to pedal your way through. The park also offers up cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails for some cool winter recreational opportunities.   Pack your own lunch or swing by a …

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We are happy in Grand Forks!

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Today’s blog comes from Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director, Julie Rygg.   Gallup recently unveiled their annual ranking of well-being in the United States, and guess who ranked first? It was North Dakota (Minnesota was close at fourth)! That tells us, for the most part, North Dakotans are the happiest people in the U.S. I tend to agree with this report. We are quite happy here and there are many big reasons, but there are also lots of small things that we find great joy in!   Now I now it has been a long winter all over the county, and I like to look for some of those fun little things to brighten my day and add enjoyment. I am sharing my current five faves with you. Enjoy!   1. The martinis at the Toasted Frog are amazing. If you haven’t had one yet, I highly recommend them. My favorite is the Pink Lemonade. It is the perfect combination of sweet and sour and reminds me of a warm summer day.   2. There is nothing better than a hot mocha on a cold winter morning. My ultimate favorite place for a hot coffee is …

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The Ralph brings ball hockey to Grand Forks

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Kyle Kosier from The Hockey Academy at Ralph Engelstad Arena tells us about Grand Forks’ first ever ball hockey tournament…   The Hockey Academy, in conjunction with the Ralph Engelstad Arena is hosting Grand Forks’ first-ever summer ball hockey tournament, the REA Ball Hockey Classic. The tournament, which will run from May 31st to June 2nd, will feature teams from North Dakota, Minnesota, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.   Much like its on-ice counterpart, the rules of ball hockey should be pretty familiar to the local community. Playing a 3-on-3 co-ed format (with a goalie), games will be held on both the REA Main arena and Olympic surfaces and will feature two 15-minute halves.  Teams can have between 5 and 8 players and registration is $225.00/team.   Extremely popular in Winnipeg and other Canadian cities, ball hockey can be fun for everyone from seasoned hockey players to novices. No hockey playing experience is required, and the tournament will feature both open and elite divisions so that you can play against people of the same skill level. Each ice surface at the REA will be converted to hold 3 ball hockey floors, with games running “cross-ice”. The rules allow for a wide-open playing …

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Rolling out the red (white and blue) carpet

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As you may have heard, former President Bill Clinton is returning to Grand Forks on Saturday, March 17, to present the keynote address during the 2012 North Dakota Democratic Convention.  President Clinton also has additional plans during his short stay in Grand Forks, which include a city tour. The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is requesting your assistance in welcoming him back to Grand Forks and thanking him for his presidential support during the flood of 1997.  We want to show President Clinton Greater Grand Forks is stronger and better than ever. The CVB is printing and producing banners, posters and rally signs.  If you or your business would like a supply, please call (701.746.0444) or e-mail the CVB.

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Welcome ND State Class B Boys’ Basketball Players, Coaches & Fans!

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The communities of Greater Grand Forks are pleased to welcome the players, coaches and fans of the 2012 ND State Class B Boys’ Basketball Tournament! Good luck to all the teams! Have a great tournament! Beulah             Central Cass             Divide County               Grafton               Lewis & Clark – Berthold               Linton-HMB             Northstar             Shiloh-Christian

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Grand Forks to host ND High School State Class B Boys’ Basketball Tournament

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Grand Forks is preparing to host the North Dakota State Class B Boys’ Basketball Tournament for the first time, March 1-3.  The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is asking for your help welcoming the athletes, coaches and fans to our simply grand community! As a proud sponsor of this event, the CVB is in the process of mailing welcome pins to all local restaurants and hotels.  Please have your employees wear these pins. In addition to the pins, the CVB printed and delivered welcome posters to 150 local businesses and will distribute welcome banners to all hotels next week. You may have also noticed the digital billboards on Washington/DeMers and at the Alerus Center have welcome messages displayed. How can you help? 1. Have your employees wear the welcome pins. 2. Hang welcome posters and/or banners in your business. 3. Display a welcome on your outdoor marquee. If you would like to request a supply of pins and posters or banners, e-mail Nicole at services@visitgrandforks.com.

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Give a taste of the North

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For those of you looking for some unique holiday gift-giving ideas, the Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitor Center houses a gift shop with a wide variety of local and regional products.  You will find such souvenir items as magnets, pins, key chains, Christmas ornaments, mugs, sweatshirts, t-shirts and caps.  We also feature North Dakota and Minnesota made food products including: North Prairie Signature bison sausage; Simple Garden Harvest soup mix; O’Connor’s mustard; RBJ’s jam; Dakota Maid pancake mix; Mable’s Taste of Home syrup; Prairie Roasters coffee and much more. We are conveniently located at the junction of Interstate 29 (Exit 141) and Highway 2 (4251 Gateway Drive).  Our hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.  You are invited to experience first-hand all the helpful services we offer, while getting your shopping done at the same time!

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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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