Grand Forks is located in the eastern part of the state of North Dakota and a city and seat and is in the Red River of the North and the Red River Lake confluence that is an injunction to East Grand Forks, Minnesota. The French fur traders arrived and camped in the area in the 18trh century and named the site Les Grandes Fourches. In 1870, the permanent settlement started in 1870, and the site developed with the steamboat traffic and upon the arrival of the Great Northern Railway in 1880. The site flourished and became a center for agriculture and trade for the fertile wheat-growing region that attracted the Norwegian immigrants to settle. East Grand Forks and Grand Forks were devastated by floodwaters that started from the Red River and forced the evacuation of nearly all the residents of the city.
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