East Grand Forks, Minnesota

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East Grand Forks is a city in Polk County, Minnesota in the United States. Its population was estimated at 7,849 on July 1, 2009 making East Grand Forks the largest community in Polk County.[3]

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 97,190 on July 1, 2009.[4]

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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.

Geography

East Grand Forks is located in the flat, fertile Red River Valley which once was a part of historical glacial Lake Agassiz.

The Red Lake River divides East Grand Forks into two main sections. The main part of town, located north of the river, is the home of the downtown area as well as several residential neighborhoods. The area south of the river is known as "The Point" where the land narrows almost to a peninsula and where the Red and Red Lake rivers meet. "The Point" contains more residential development.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.0 square miles (12.9 kmĀ²), all of it land.

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