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Give a taste of the North


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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Ho, Ho, Ho…it is a happy holiday season in the Grand Cities


While we are all busy shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, etc. during the holidays it is important to remember all the spectacular offerings of the season, and the Grand Cities have many.  Here is a taste… November 25-December 31 – Christmas in the Park Holiday Lights at Lincoln Park December 2-3 – Winter Wonderland Concert & Feast at UND Memorial Union December 3-4 – 2011 Holiday Home Tour in various Grand Forks homes and Myra Museum December 4 – Gao Hong & Butterfly Concert at ND Museum of Art December 8-11 & 15-18 – Santa’s Village at Lincoln Golf Course Clubhouse December 13 – Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Concert at Empire Arts Center December 17 – Lorie Line Holiday Extravaganza Concert at Chester Fritz Auditorium December 18 – Greater Grand Forks Symphony 2011 Holiday Pops! featuring a performance by the ND Ballet Company at the Chester Fritz Auditorium December 31 – Celebrate the Night New Year’s Celebration at the Alerus Center For more information about these and other events, you can check the online calendar of events.  Please also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for great giveaways and regular Greater Grand Forks updates.

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Putting the excitment on ice


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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Simply Great Tailgate 2011


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!

Football against NDSU Bison at Alerus Center.

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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