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Nicknames, slogans help N.D. residents tell their towns’ stories

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GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks has been “A Place of Excellence” for about 20 years, but nobody at City Hall seems to know where the slogan came from.


Community Relations Officer Pete Haga couldn’t find anyone who remembers, though he said there is evidence of it being used in the early 1990s. “We believe it was administrative action, but other than that, it’s pretty vague.”

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Anna Burleson
Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact Burleson with story ideas or tips by either phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. More examples of her work can be found at
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