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Grand Forks, North Dakota (U.S.)

Grand Forks County

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[Flag of Grand Forks, North Dakota] 2:3 image(s) by permission of David B. Martucci
image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright.



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Current Flag

Text and image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) from American City Flags by permission of David B. Martucci.

Design

The flag of Grand Forks has a white field. Two irregular horizontal stripes, green over dark blue, with a white fimbriation between them, fill the lower three-eighths of the field. The green stripe is divided into three sections: two trapezoids on either side, wider at the hoist and fly and narrower in the center, where a green diamond-shaped section joins the two trapezoids to depict sloping river banks. The blue stripe is narrower at the hoist and fly and widens to the center, where a narrow “V” shape extends along the base of the green diamond, to depict two river forks forming one larger river that flows outwards. Centered immediately above the green diamond figure is 1870 in black. Centered above that date is an abstract notched stalk of yellow vegetation, crossed over a red feather with a black tip and quill. Over these, in a semi-circle arching clockwise from the midpoint of the hoist side to the midpoint of the fly side, is Grand Forks, North Dakota in black.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Symbolism

The flag represents the spirit of the city and the region. The white background symbolizes the fresh, clean air and open environment of the area. The dark blue represents the river forks that give the city its name, and symbolizes their role in the foundation of the community. The green river banks stand for life and future growth along the river. The red feather recognizes the city’s Native American heritage. The yellow stalk represents the area’s reliance on agriculture. The date, 1870, marks the naming of the area, “Grand Forks,” reputedly by Sanford C. Cady, the first postmaster, at the confluence of the Red River and the Red Lake River.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Selection

A contest was held, with a city-wide vote on the entries.
Flag adopted: 5 December 1994 (official).
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Designer

Scott Telle and Craig Silvernagel, owners of Ad Monkeys, an advertising firm, designed the winning entry.
John M. Purcell, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003