Around 35 Shirleys and at least one Marilyn met at Whiteys in Grand Forks this month for Marilyn Hagerty’s second gathering of Shirleys in honor of her sister.
College friends Terrance Pendergrass and Bryan Phillips began playing disc golf around two years ago when the two wanted something new to try. Something that was more active than sitting on the couch but also not too physically demanding. “I ride my bike out here and then start playing,” Phillips said. “It’s a way to combine two hobbies into one.” Popularity in disc golf has risen significantly in recent years. The game has taken hold in college towns like Grand Forks. “It’s a great way to hang out with your friends,” said Pendergrass.
Women from all over the region came together Saturday night at Blue Line Arena for the East vs. West Roller Derby Spectacular. Four teams from the surrounding region, including the Grand Forks Sugarbeaters, traveled to participate in the exhibition bout in which all skaters were mixed up into different teams to compete.
Dance, Etc.!, a jazz, tap, and ballet company in Grand Forks hosted its first ever dance appreciation picnic for participants in Dance, Etc.! and their families August 7, 2014 at Riverside Park.
Spring Awakening, a 2006 rock musical and winner of eight Tony awards, is now being performed in Grand Forks at the Empire Arts Center July 29 through August 2, and August 5 through August 9. Taking place in the late 1800’s the show focuses on a group of adolescent students who must navigate and better understand their growing bodies and the feelings that come with them. “It’s a very mature themed play, but I think it’s important,” said Empire music director David Henrickson.
Two years ago the East Grand Forks City Council was debating whether or not to even allow the East Grand Forks Pool to keep operating. The pool, being the oldest in the city, was in desperate need for renovations.
Friends and family gather to watch bicycle motocross riders from ages 5 to 55 compete every Wednesday night at Red River BMX west of Grand Forks. The summer league started May 28 and runs throughout the summer, after which races are moved to mid-Saturdays. Interest in the sport has seen a steady increase over the years, and the track can usually expect 50 to 100 riders to participate on any given night.
11-year old Amelia Marcum dreams of one day becoming president. Don't let her age fool you though, she means business. "People don't think I'm serious when I tell them I want to be president," Amelia said. "But I am." With the help of her cousin Kyah Parisien, 10, and under the watchful eye of her father Brendin Marcum the three have been selling homemade cookies and lemonade on the corner of 20th Street South and 11th Avenue Monday through Wednesday to raise money for a future college fund. "Our goal is $300 dollars," Amelia said.
Hunter Davis, 6, of Grand Forks laughingly bumps into another child while playing with inflatable bumpers during the Family Fun Night Tuesday at University Park. The event also marks the final week of the Just For Fun!
About 60 other kids ranging from ages 9 to 18, area part of the 10-week Grand Forks Youth Trap League that takes place every summer at the club. The league, while not competitive, gives kids a chance to learn and test their skills shooting trap targets while also learning about gun safety.