There’s a feeling; the I-love-this-space-and want to-be-here kind, when you spend time in a city that you really enjoy!
On any given day I am completely happy living my RedBarn, country-style, Big Stone County life! Then why would it be so much fun for me to spend a long weekend in Grand Forks, North Dakota? I’m going to need a moment to ramble!
The whole area knows how to pull together and persevere. You feel it and see it. Their history, way back and recent past, has been a challenge with the flood waters of the mighty Red River. Along that same river stretches the miles and acres of the prosperous farming region known fondly as the Red River Valley. It appears they have bounced back, beautifully, from the devastation of the late 90’s. The University of North Dakota is cutting edge, uptown is thriving and charmingly historic, the old homes on Belmont Ave. are standing more grand than ever, new homes and businesses are added every day.
I was having this chat with a girlfriend who said,”So, what did you DO while you were in Grand Forks”? Let me recall. . .I played with the most adorable little grandson that anyone could have, loved every second that I could connect with his mommy,daddy and uncle, charged up a few times at Starbucks, bought a golf glove at Scheels, picked a few groceries at Hugos, golfed on the Lincoln course,went to Calvary Lutheran on Sunday morning, drove around and viewed the stately old homes and their flower beds, wandered uptown and snapped some sunny-day photos, watched bunnies hopping down the street with baby Ben, golfed the Manvel course, met with great old friends from Oslo, MN, napped while the boys all trekked across the river to shop at Cabella’s.
On my list for future visits? I’d like to attend the uptown art fair, wander the large farmer’s market, go to the wellness center at UND, roam thru Barnes and Noble, golf at King’s Walk, get lucky and see a hockey game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, try the oatmeal I saw in that fantastic photo at Starbucks, visit more old friends, get into those enticing uptown shops, coffee at Urban Stampede, lunch at Whitey’s in East Grand Forks, spend more precious time with my growing ‘family in the north’.
It’s a wonderful city. . . .if you are in the market for a fun weekend get-away!
A ‘fish sculpture’ project adorns an uptown GF park space. Led by a professional artist, young people of the area designed the artwork and are proud to display it for the public to enjoy. I sure do!!The Stattelman boys are having a little fun in Grand Forks, North Dakota(Randy,Charlie,Ben and Willis).