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Rockin’ the Ralph & Betty too

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Everyone knows about all the exciting happenings that take place at the awesome Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA).  However, the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (BESC) right next door has got it goin’ on, as well!   Since its completion, the Betty has welcomed many great events and is best known as the host facility for the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference University of North Dakota Women’s Basketball, Volleyball and Men’s Basketball teams.  Prior to their Division I transition, it was even voted the best Division II women’s basketball facility in the nation.   Of course, the Ralph is home to eight-time Division I National Champion University of North Dakota Men’s Hockey.  Some of the other things held there include concerts by a variety of award-winning musicians and nationally popular stand-up comedians, Disney productions and an array of professional sporting events.   Both facilities feature beautiful granite floor lobbies, large concessions and lounge areas and hall of fame sections for their respective sports.  For a nominal fee, you may join one of the guided tours taking place every Monday through Friday, at 1:30 PM, beginning and ending in the Ralph’s Sioux Shop.  This 90-minute trek tours guests through the entire $100+ …

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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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Tater time fun for tots and adults

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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of a Greater Grand Forks tradition known as Potato Bowl USA.  The week of September 7-12 will be full of entertaining events centering on our region’s most popular staple crop.  There will be tons of great food including a potato pancake breakfast, baked potato bars and of course, the World’s Largest French Fry Feed.  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 guaranteed to be “spudtacular” fun for all!    Potato Bowl Highlights Tuesday, September 8 Golf Scramble – 11 a.m. at Valley Golf Course Wednesday, September 9 Potato Chip Giveaway – Scheels All Sports Thursday, September 10 Baked Potato Bar – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at all Hugo’s locations JR Simplot World’s Largest French Fry Feed (food/soda stands, inflatable games, French fry eating contest, live music, meet the UND athletes) – 4:30 p.m. at University Park Rydell Fireworks Display – Dusk at UND Memorial Stadium Friday, September 11 Baked Potato Bar – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at all Hugo’s locations UND Fan Luncheon – 11:30 …

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Tater time fun for tots and adults

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This year marks the 47th Anniversary of a Greater Grand Forks tradition known as Potato Bowl USA. This week (September 3-8) will be full of entertaining events centered around our region’s most popular staple crop. There will be tons of great food including a potato pancake breakfast, baked potato bars and of course, the World’s Largest French Fry Feed. The festivities culminate on Saturday with a parade, tailgate party and Unviersity of North Dakota football game. Make sure to bring the whole family out to one of North Dakota’s best and tastiest celebrations guaranteed to be “spudtacular” fun for all!   Scheduled activities for the remainder of the week:   Wednesday, September 5 Potato Chip Giveaway @ Columbia Mall Thursday, September 6 Baked Potato Bar – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ all Hugo’s locations World’s Largest French Fry Feed (food/soda stands, inflatable games, French fry eating contest, live music, meet UND athletes) – 4:30 p.m. @ University Park Rydell Fireworks Display – Dusk @ UND Memorial Stadium Friday, September 7 Baked Potato Bar – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ all Hugo’s locations Sioux Booster Luncheon – 12 noon @ Alerus Center Hugo’s Potato Bowl 8K Run & Tater …

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It’s tater time in the Forks!

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This year marks the 46th Anniversary of a Greater Grand Forks tradition known as Potato Bowl USA. This week will be full of entertaining events centering on our region’s most popular staple crop. There will be tons of great food including potato pancake breakfasts, baked potato bars and, of course, the World’s Largest French Fry Feed. 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 the North Dakota’s best and tastiest celebrations guaranteed to be spudtacular fun for all! The Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is proud to be the presenting sponsor of UND Taigating, and you won’t want to miss your chance to win a package including two UND Football season tickets, two cooler chairs, $50 Alerus Center gift card, $50 Happy Harry’s gift card and $50 L&M Meats gift card. Potato Bowl Highlights Tuesday – Golf scramble, 12 p.m., Valley Golf Course Wednesday – Potato Chip Giveaway, Columbia Mall Thursday – Baked Potato Bar, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., all Hugo’s locations Thursday – World’s Largest French Fry Feed with food/soda, live music, “Meet the Sioux”, inflatable games …

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What do we do now?

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It has been a busy summer in the Grand Cities; school has started and the UND students have all moved back, and we are on the heels of a fabulous Grand Forks weekend with the first-ever Rollin’ on the River Inline Marathon (the Convention & Visitors Bureau was the presenting sponsor by the way) and a record breaking attendance for the last of the 2011 three-part music series, Blues on the Red.  It may have some asking what do we do now?  The answer is PLENTY!  I am going to just give you a brief taste of some of the great events coming up (details and more events can be found on our Calendar of Events) in September: -UND Football season opener vs. Drake September 1 at the Alerus Center (don’t miss tailgating, as the presenting sponsor, the Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a great prize package) -Friday Night Races at the River Cities Speedway through September 16 -Outdoor Farmer’s Market in Town Square through September 24 -Choice Financial 10K Fun Run/Walk Setember 10 -Tour de Forks Bike Ride & Walk in Lincoln Drive Park on September 11 -AudioBody at the Chester Fritz on September 11 -Art & …

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Simply Great Tailgate 2011

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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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