Blizzards raised a commotion when they first started showing up during summer several years ago.

Now you can find a Blizzard in any one of four Dairy Queens in Greater Grand Forks.

On the Eatbeat I have found it my duty to check all of the Dairy Queens out – long before this first weekend in August.

Jenny and Dean Kuhn are operators of the Dairy Queen on North Fifth Street. Blizzards she will tell you are always top sales. Then there are popular milk shakes.

The north end Dairy Queen is open from March until the end of November. Three other Dairy Queens are open year round.

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Somehow the wheels of my car start turning in when near a Dairy Queen.

The four Dairy Queens in Greater Grand Forks are:

  • Dairy Queen, 1412 Central Ave. NE, East Grand Forks
  • Dairy Queen Brazier, 3600 Columbia Road, Grand Forks
  • Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, 1206 S. Washington St., Grand Forks
  • Dairy Queen – Northend, 1209 S. Fifth Street, Grand Forks

Phones, children

People check their phones while children wriggle around in anticipation on a Sunday evening at the north end Dairy Queen. There are two small – very small – booths. People take their treats and head for their car or a table outside. There they linger in the warmth of a summer evening and savor their choices.

My mini blizzard for $2.99 seemed like a good choice. I slithered into one of the two tiny booths and noticed the signs for drinks, cakes and shakes. The treats being chosen included banana splits and peanut butter parfait.

Like other Dairy Queens, the north end store features take home Dairy Queen cakes, Dairy Queen Treatza Pizza and Dairy Queen sandwiches.

You can find a $6 lunch here. It includes two chili dogs, chips, Dairy Queen with chocolate and a cola.

All of which might not meet the requirements for prescribed, most healthful meals. But then, this is summer.

The customers in line come with babes in arm. Some come with canes. Everyone seems to be in a good mood at the Dairy Queen

Founded in 1940

Dairy Queen, founded in 1940, has headquarters in Edina, Minn. The Wall Street Journal has said Warren Buffet, the billionaire owner, visits Dairy Queens in Omaha with his great grandchildren. His Berkshire Hathaway company purchased Dairy Queen in 1998.

This summer there’s a new Dreamsickle dipped cone. There are six summer Blizzards – Caramel cannonball, Oreo cookie jar, Brownie Dough, S’Mores, Cotton Candy and Summer Berry Cheesecake.

Watching cars

When I visit the Dairy Queen on S. Washington Street, I like to sit and watch the cars go by. Especially in the evening. This place has plenty of seating inside as well at outside. And some use the drive through service. When the place is quiet inside, you hear the hum of the cooling machines.

Summer visits have included a couple stops at the Dairy Queen Brazier, 3600 S. Columbia Road. Lunch time was busy before noon this week when I met a friend there.

Earlier in the summer I sat in the evening in the long line of cars that forms in the driveway. It seems that almost everyone in the county was waiting for a finishing touch to the day. Lunch time finds booths filling quickly with hungry people including workmen at the South Columbia Road location.

The year round Dairy Queen in East Grand Forks is a place where a variety of customers meet and eat. The restaurant with windows all around is especially bright and attractive. The staff is friendly and efficient.