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Putting the excitement on ice

 - by julie

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 you don’t want to miss out on all the fun, purchase tickets right now by going to fightingsioux.com.

2011-12 Women’s Hockey Remaining Home Games:

October 15 & 16 (2:07 p.m.) vs. Vermont

October 21 & 22 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Ohio State

November 18 & 19 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota State

December 2 & 3 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota

December 10 & 11 (2:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota Duluth

January 4 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Lindenwood

January 14 & 15 (2:07 p.m.) vs. Wisconsin

January 20 & 21 (7:07 p.m.) vs. St Cloud State

February 3 & 4 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Bemidji State

2011-12 Men’s Hockey Remaining Home Games:

October 14 & 15 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Maine

October 28 & 29 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. St. Cloud State

November 25 & 26 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Colorado College

December 9 & 10 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Nebraska Omaha

December 17 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Russian Red Stars

December 30 & 31 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Harvard

January 13 & 14 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota

January 27 & 28 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Wisconsin

February 17 & 18 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Michigan Tech

March 2 & 3 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota State

Simply Grand Fall Fun

 - by julie

Japanese Garden at Sertoma ParkWeather predictions for this week in Greater Grand Forks are good with beautiful fall temperatures and sunny skies, so I highly recommend you get out and enjoy some of the recreational opportunities offered here including our gorgeous and fun parks.

Japanese Garden – This lovely garden, located in Sertoma Park, was a gift from the residents of Awano Japan to commemorate the flood of 1997. Its natural look features the beauty of rocks, water, hills, trees as well as the three granite Japanese-style lanterns.

Ali’s Boundless Playground – Local teen Ali Karpenko was born with spina bifida, and her dream of a community playground for children with and without disabilities was realized in 2009 in Sertoma Park. Here every child can play side by side at his or her own ability level.

Greenway – The Greenway is 2,200 acres of natural space lining the Red River and Red Lake River as they flow through Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The picturesque urban space offers countless recreational, cultural, historical and natural experiences.

These recreational areas give you just a taste of what is available in Greater Grand Forks. There are so many specialty parks available year-round for a variety of activities including basketball, cross-country skiing, frisbee golf, hockey, skating, pools, spray parks, sand volleyball, soccer, softball/baseball, tennis and skateboarding. More information can be found online.

There is more good news…Sherlock Forest Playground is already being rebuilt by volunteers from the area after a spring fire. If you are interested in getting involved, “Like” them on Facebook.

You can find out more about our parks, recreation, events and everything Greater Grand Forks on our website. You may also follow us on Twitter and/or “Like” us on Facebook, as we do a number of prize giveaways!

I have already been enjoying the outdoors with my family! How do you plan to enjoy the season?


What do we do now?

 - by julie

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 & Wine in Downtown on September 17 (and October 15)

-4th Annual Fall Frolic Run in Riverside Park on September 17

-Potato Bowl Week (there will be a blog later highlighting activities) September 19-24

-UND Women’s Hockey vs. Manitoba September 23 & 24 at Ralph Engelstad Arena

-Grand Forks Women’s Show at the Alerus Center on October 1

This is just a taste of the happenings in September, and we always like to get feedback on what you like to spend your time doing in Greater Grand Forks.

In addition to checking our calendar (there is an RSS feed by the way), don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook and/or follow @visitgrandforks on Twitter.  Not only do we provide the latest updates on things to do, but we have a number of contests with great prizes!

Have a fabulous Labor Day Weekend and a warm welcome to all our Canadian friends that will be visiting for Canadian Labour Day Weekend!