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Get it in Grand Forks, and Almost Nowhere Else!


Today’s blog comes from Shel Zolkewich, a travel writer, blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.   Food defines a place. If you travel to Philadelphia, you must have a cheesesteak. In New Orleans, it’s the poboy. And in Boston, well, it’s clam chowder of course. So what are the ‘must have’ foods in Grand Forks? This outta towner will tell you.   Chicken Tortilla Soup: Culinary historians can’t put a finger on exactly where or when this Mexican soup got its start. But everyone can agree on the fact that it’s delicious. Essentially, it consists of chicken broth served with strips of fried tortillas. But like all great ancient soups, it varies greatly. In Grand Forks, it’s served up in a creamy chicken broth, flecked with diced peppers and topped with cheese. Sometime sour cream too. For just over $3, get your introduction to this soup at The Red Pepper. I’ve been known to ask for a double order and call it supper. Other favourite spots include Speedway (still just over $3), Rhombus Guys (but only in the winter) and Paradiso (here it comes with a side salad and bread). There’s an unconfirmed rumor that even Dairy Queen serves …

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Vintage Grand Forks


Today’s blog comes from Shel Zolkewich, a travel writer, blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.   If you’ve been visiting Grand Forks for a couple of decades or more, these destinations will be familiar. They’re tried and true places that have stood the test of time and garnered a loyal customer base. They’re all about quality, variety and deliciousness.   If you want to hang with locals, head to Speedway Grill & Bar. Tucked away on N 42nd Street, the spacious room is almost always packed with folks enjoying the blooming onion appetizer, prime rib special or two-for-one burger night.   The walleye dinner is a steal at $15. It comes with two sides (like all dinners), so be sure to include the baked beans which are a standout here. Dinners also come with a small loaf of warm bread—a nice touch. Get there before 6 pm and order a 25-ounce beer for $2.95. For me, a bowl of their outstanding chicken tortilla soup, a loaf of that warm bread and a big beer do the trick. But I seldom stop there because the ribs are just too good to pass up.   Occupying a corner of the Grand …

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Kick of the holidays with the Holiday Home Tour


The Grand Forks Republican Women’s Association is hosting the 2011 Grand Forks Holiday Home Tour, and no matter your political affiliation these are two days of fun with a holiday party (added this year), you don’t want to miss.  I plan to attend and share lots of great photos! Six festively adorned homes will be open for tours on both Saturday, December 3 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday December 4 (12 noon-5 p.m.).  Each will feature the creativity of local designers: All Seasons; The Rose Shop; Designs by Nord; Modern Plains Design; Michelle Bloom Interiors; Just Add Water (Brooke Roche Conlin); and Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Styling. In conjuction with the home tour, a bake sale and wreath sale will be hosted at the Myra Museum, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2405 Belmont Road. New to the tour this year is a reception for all ticket holders from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 3.  Celebrate the beginning of the season overlooking the city at the party – hosted on the 5th floor of the historic SEI Building (4th Street and DeMers Avenue) in beautiful downtown Grand Forks. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar are …

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Start your engines!


Auto racing at the Grand Forks Speedway has been a part of our history since the late 1920’s, but in 1999 it gets taken to a whole nother level.  Along with an innovative group of partners, including Wayne Anderson, Donny Mack, Linus Mack and Darren Evavold, came a new name and lots of great changes. In recent years, huge investments and improvements have been made at River Cities Speedway.  Just some of the changes include a new clay track, kitchen, sound system and grandstands, plus additional corporate suites, total refurbishment of the Speedway surroundings and a new focus on making racing a fun event for people of all ages. On Friday nights, May through mid September, this 1/3-mile track is packed with Outlaw Sprints, Late Models, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks all vying for the checkered flag.  A big drawing card is the fact that River Cities is the only speedway in the Midwest which races both Outlaw Sprints and Late Models weekly.  In addition to River Cities’ Premier Racing Series, it also hosts four to six specials each year, including the World of Outlaw Sprints and World of Outlaw Late Model Races. Throngs of devoted race fans from the …

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