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Grand Forks Essential Info


Grand Forks is a city in northeast North Dakota, a state in the United States of America. With a population of about 52,838 people in 2010 census, it's the third largest urban area in the state. There are another 8,601 people in East Grand Forks on the other side of the Red River in Minnesota. Grand Forks is best known for the disastrous flood of 1997 and the productive nearby farms which grow mostly wheat and sugar beets. Grand Forks sits at the center of the former Lake Agassiz which is why this area is so incredibly flat.

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  1. The J.R. Simplot potato processing plant in Grand Forks, produces over 400 million pounds of French fries per year. McDonald’s is its main customers.
  2. Early French explorers, fur trappers, and traders called the area Les Grandes Fourches meaning "The Grand Forks".
  3. Amazon, an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company, operates a call center in Grand Forks.
  4. Lynn Anderson who was a multi-award-winning American country music singer known for her world megahit, "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" was born in Grand Forks.
  5. The Grand Forks City Band was formed in 1886 and still stages shows year round.

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