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Park it at Turtle River

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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 great cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails for some cool winter recreational opportunities.   Pack your own lunch or swing by a favorite Greater Grand Forks eatery (The Red Pepper and Jimmy John’s are right off Hwy 2) on your way out of town and pick up some perfect picnic fare.  The park’s shelters are always well maintained and offer up a picturesque spot to dine.   You’ll also want to stop in their visitor center and check out the interesting Conservation Corp Interpretive Exhibits and Displays. …

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Kid Stuff 101

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Yay, school’s out for the summer!  Uh-oh, now what am I gonna do?  If you’re looking for things to entertain kids, Greater Grand Forks has lots of options.    For outdoor fun, try the Sherlock Forest Playground, Sherlock Pool or the LaGrave Outdoor Skate Park, all located in East Grand Forks.  The Grand Forks Park District runs two outdoor splash parks, one in University Park and the other at Elks Pool, along with several playgrounds located throughout the city.  Turtle River State Park (just a short 22 miles west of Grand Forks) sponsors a summer series called “Dakota Explorers,” which is a hands-on environmental program for youngsters.   Family Fun Night, Grand Cities Art Fest and Sertoma Fun4th & Fireworks all feature many different games and activities.    On rainy day or when the temp dips a little too low, just head inside!  The Canad Inns Destination Center features a tropical themed water park and mega arcade for both guests and non-guests.  Likewise, the new Choice Health & Fitness facility offers an amazing water park and pool area, in addition to topnotch workout equipment and classes.  Pay a visit to the rock climbing wall located at the Grand Cities Mall or …

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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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Halloween fun in Greater Grand Forks

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Today’s blog is brought to you from local blogger and business person Michaela Schell.   The Halloween fun in Greater Grand Forks doesn’t just happen on October 31st. Events are happening all week long before the actual holiday begins. Whether you want to be tricked or treated, there is something for everyone!   The Rocky Horror Picture Show… …returns to the Empire Arts Center for its 11th year. The show isn’t just a screening of the cult classic movie, it incorporates live characters and even the audience. Costumes are encouraged and audience participation is a must.   October 25, 26 and 31 at 12 midnight Tickets: $10 at the door and through Ticketmaster More information can be found online This show is for adults 18 and over only   Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom… …performed by the Empire Theatre Company (ETC) is sent in a suburban subdivision with identical houses where parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game setting? A subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, both parents and players realize that fear …

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An easy afternoon getaway to Turtle River State Park

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Today’s blog is written by Michaela Schell, a local writer and business professional.   If you are looking for an afternoon outdoors, Grand Forks is a city filled with parks and activities to soak up the sunshine this spring. One of my favorites, happens to be just a short trip outside the city.   A quick 20 minute drive west on Highway 2 will take you to Turtle River State Park (TRSP). It is 784 acres of wooded quiet just north of the highway. Our family frequently visits for lunch picnics and short afternoon hikes along the Turtle River. I have also enjoyed camping, mountain biking, and snowshoeing throughout the park.   Entering the park requires a small $5 daily fee or full year pass for $25. This year pass also allows entrance into any North Dakota State Park. This fee covers access for all trails, facilities, and amenities of the park.   Turtle River State Park is an easy weekend getaway for those of us who live in the Grand Forks area and a great place to stay for visitors. It has primitive camping areas, RV campgrounds with electric hookups, and cabins for rent plus bathroom and shower faciltieis …

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Fun in the summer sun!

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It looks like our hot streak is going to continue in the Grand Cities this week with temps hitting the upper 80s and 90s!  While we should be extra careful when venturing out, but we we can still enjoy the summer and all the fun offered in Greater Grand Forks.  I like to make lists, so I have my list of inexpensive activitess to tackle with my family this week including: Turtle River State Park is located just 22 miles west of Grand Forks, and if your family likes fishing, nature trails or just enjoying the outdoors, this is the place for you.  I plan to grab a group of little ones and make it out for one of our “nature walks” this week! Riverside Park Swimming Pool is a very inexpensive way to spend a hot summer day.  Adults get in for only $3.25 and children 5-16 get in for $2.75.  Kids 4 and under are $1.50.  They have a snack area, water slide, kiddy pool and diving boards as well as a friendly life guard staff.  Make sure to have some time set aside if you are bringing the family, as I know my kids never want to …

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Take the Adventure Race Challenge

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If you’re up top the challenge, join us for the Extreme North Dakota Spring Primer Adventure Race on May 8. This exhilarating race involves hiking, biking, navigation, teamwork and mystery challenges in and around Turtle River State Park, located 20 minutes west of Grand Forks. The four to six hour race is designed to be a great introduction to the fast growing sport of adventure racing, while still providing a test for seasoned veterans. Extreme North Dakota Racing (ENDracing), based in Grand Forks, has been hosting adventure type events for the last five years.  Check out the Iceman Triathlon and Fall Adventure Race as well. to get a glimpse of the exciting opportunities in adventure racing, check out these video clips: Adventure racing video #1 Adventure racing video #2 Adventure racing video #3 Adventure racing video #4 For more information or to register for the Spring Primer, log on to the ENDracing website.    

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