City of Grand Forks, UND hope to honor Lamoureux twins with events
Plans are in the works to honor the Lamoureux twins in Grand Forks after their dramatic win this week at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and some people want a permanent sign showing love for the gold medalists.
The city of Grand Forks is looking at several options in planning an event to honor Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, City Administrator Todd Feland said. The Grand Forks natives helped lead the U.S. women's hockey team to victory over Canada.
"I think the city and the community want to celebrate the Lamoureuxs and the women's hockey team," Feland said. "It sounds like there are a lot of positive things going down, and I think the city wants to play our role in the celebration, too."
That could include a meet-and-greet with the sisters if they are up for it, Todd said. Nothing is set yet, but it's possible the city could finalize plans next week, he added.
"What we are doing is, we are waiting for all of the ideas to come together to make sure we capture the best ideas as we move forward," he said.
UND Athletics is working on efforts to coordinate a commemoration for the sisters, and the school's news outlet, UND Today, plans to do an article featuring their success, UND spokesman Brandon Beyer said. The Lamoureuxs played hockey for the school's women's team after they transferred from University of Minnesota to UND in 2009.
The timeline and details of potential events have yet to be worked out since the sisters are still in South Korea, Beyer and Feland said. Both entities have reached out to representatives of the Lamoureuxs.
It's unclear if the UND and city events would be joint or separate celebrations.
One person started an online petition to put up a permanent sign in Grand Forks. As of 5 p.m. Friday, 143 people had signed the petition on www.ipetitions.com.
"When you arrive in most cities, there is a sign saying "Home of (famous resident)," the petition said. "With the recent Olympic gold medal win for women's hockey against Canada, we think the Lamoureux twins deserve a sign when entering Grand Forks."
Grand Forks has a habit of erecting signs or naming structures to honor well-known residents, and it's possible that could happen for the sisters, Feland said. In 2015, the city placed Glassheim Way signs along a stretch of Third Street to honor longtime resident and former state legislator and City Council member Eliot Glassheim. Most recently, the City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to name streets near Columbia Mall the Veterans Memorial Parkway.
Movements to have streets or structures named after a person tend to come from residents, Feland said. They then work with the city to iron out the details.
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said she and her sister are thankful for all of the support from their fans.
"We've felt the support all the way from Korea," she told the Herald. "We've seen the videos from people in Grand Forks. We're very grateful."
Herald sports reporter Brad Elliott Schlossman contributed to this report.