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East Grand Forks, Polk County, Minnesota, USA


Notes: East Grand Forks is a city in Polk County, Minnesota in the United States. Its population was estimated at 7,812 in July 2008 making East Grand Forks the largest community in Polk County.
The famous Whitey's Cafe and Wonderbar is a local institution. Located in the downtown area, Whitey's has been operating continuously since the 1930s and was once the center of East Grand Forks' reputation as a wild town akin to Chicago during the days of Prohibition. Ripley's Believe It or Not once labeled a portion of the downtown area as the highest concentration of neon signage in the world. Whitey's Cafe was severely damaged in the Flood of 1997 and its compelling story led it to be featured on the Today Show and in Life Magazine. After months of restoration of its famous stainless steel horseshoe bar and other historic architecture, it reopened in 1998.
Flood of 1997
East Grand Forks, along with Grand Forks, was heavily damaged by a major flood in 1997. The entire city was under a mandatory evacuation and almost no homes were spared damage. After the flood, several neighborhoods had to be demolished. The city has rebuilt itself and the once inundated downtown area now contains a number of new businesses including a Cabela's sporting goods store. A new system of dikes has been constructed to protect the city from future flooding. The land bordering the Red and Red Lake rivers has been cleared of developments and is now a large park known as the Greater Grand Forks Greenway.
It is located in the Red River Valley region along the eastern bank of the Red River of the North, directly across from the larger city of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The twin cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks form the center of the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is often called Greater Grand Forks. The metropolitan area had an estimated population of 97,279 in July 2008.


City/Town : Latitude: 47.93084206368017, Longitude: -97.0188045501709


Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 Bentz, Georg  03 March 1906East Grand Forks, Polk County, Minnesota, USA I449753
2 Lerum, Johanna Christensdatter  01 August 1941East Grand Forks, Polk County, Minnesota, USA I453493


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