An abundance of greenery and forests, this cityís surroundings truly live up to its name. A strong sense of community resonates throughout the entire city, with events every season for families and friends. Concerts in the Town Square, a Farmerís Market with some of natures best features and collegiate sports are only a few examples of the multitude of events that bring everyone together.
In the mid-eighteenth century, French trappers settled in Grand Forks or "les Grandes Fourches" and used the area as a meeting point for trading. In the 1870ís, farmers began to settle and Grand Forks soon had a post office along with a steam boat; the and the area continued to steadily progress as the steam boat proved pivotal to the cityís development. Out of the trading and farming of the cityís early starts grew an historically rich and prosperous land. Yet, in 1997, water and fire destroyed much of the city, as it lost over one billion dollars. With federal help, reconstruction of more than 200 new homes as well as improving nearly 1,000 residential and commercial building to ensure they are protected from flooding. Most of the project should be completed by 2006.
Points of Interest
Empire Arts Center: In the same year as the birth of cream soda, 1919, locals constructed the largest theatre Grand Forks had ever seen. When it first opened its doors, the Italian Rennaissance decor visually enhanced the technology of the time. Moviegoers paid a quarter to watch the first talking film "The Jazz Singer" in 1928. Today the Grand stands strong and still holds its allure to locals and visitors of Grand Forks.
North Dakota Ballet Company: Established in the early 1960's, the non-profit dance company is the official ballet company of North Dakota. This organization allows dancers from all over the state as well as others to train pre-professionally in preparation for professional performances or studies. Scholarship programs help dancers who seek to further their studies. For the community, the North Dakota Ballet Company displays the talents of these ballerinas through concerts that benefit the dance company. Their latest performance was a Valentine's Day benefit with champagne and hors d'oeuvres called Club Red. For more information or tickets, contact 1-708-746-6044.
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- Engelstad Arena
- Empire Theater
- King's Walk Golf Course
- North Valley Arts Council
- University of North Dakota
- North Dakota Ballet Company
- Grand Forks Symphony
- Grand Forks Campground