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We have spirit…yes we do

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Feeling a little blue?  I know what will put the jingle in your bells and jolly in your holly!  If you’re looking for activities to create a festive frame of mind, Greater Grand Forks is definitely the place.  We have seasonal celebrations, concerts and everything in between.  In addition to offering great holiday bargains, our malls and specialty shops will be sparkling with beautiful decorations.    Following is a list of holiday happenings that are sure to get you feeling very merry.  More information on these and other events may be found on our website.   Dec. 1-31 à Go GRAND for the Holidays Tree Display & Open House @ GGF Visitor Center (4251 Gateway Dr)   Dec. 1-31 à Christmas in the Park Holiday Lights Tour @ Lincoln Drive Park   Dec. 3-5 à “A Christmas Carol” @ Empire Arts Center   Dec. 5 à 2015 Christmas Festival @ Heritage Village   Dec. 5 à 91st Annual Christmas Musicale @ United Lutheran Church   Dec. 5 à Taste of Cabela’s & Pictures with Santa @ Cabela’s   Dec. 5 à Winter wUNDerland Concert @ Chester Fritz Auditorium   Dec. 6 à The Reason: A Family Christmas Experience @ Chester …

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Greater Grand Forks: A Tale of Two Hotels

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Today’s blog is written Shel Zolkewich, Manitoba travel and food blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.   Accommodations abound in Greater Grand Forks. There is truly a room for every traveler – whether you need the comforts of home (and more) or are in search of a rock-bottom deal. Let’s look at a couple of options.   Travelodge, 2100 South Washington Street, Grand Forks We have been staying at the Travelodge for so long that we still sometimes call it by its old name – The North Star Inn. There’s something to be said for a hotel that retains customers for decades upon decades. What the Travelodge might lack in fanciness, it makes up for in service and value. I’m not sure you can find friendlier front desk staff anywhere. And it’s not just one individual that stands out. They are all a joy to deal with and they always have been. The rooms are big – likely the biggest hotel rooms we’ve ever seen, each outfitted with a microwave and fridge. It has an old-style pool area and that means the pool itself is big – perfect for a game of keepaway with family and friends. The hot …

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

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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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Worthy of an encore

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With events ranging from Broadway to ballet and kids’ shows to comedy theatre, the Chester Fritz upcoming schedule is sure to please a wide variety of tastes.  You’ll also appreciate their renowned acoustics and auditorium layout, which make you feel at one with the production.  No matter what show (or shows) you choose, it’s guaranteed to be a performance worthy of a standing ovation. -Mannheim Steamroller on November 13, at 7 p.m. -UND Band & Wind Ensemble on November 29, at 7:30 p.m. -Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” on November 30, at 7 p.m. -Lorie Line & Her Fab 5: “Christmas Bells are Ringing” on December 17, at 3 p.m. -Monty Python’s “Spamalot” on January 12, at 7:30 p.m. -UND Band & Wind Ensemble on March 6, at 7:30 p.m. -“Damn Yankees” on April 1, at 7:30 p.m. -Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show on on April 13, at 7:30 p.m. -“Charlotte’s Web” on April 15, at 2 p.m. -UND Band & Wind Ensemble on April 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for all events are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 701.772.5151 and online.  For additional information, including new events that may be added, …

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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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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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