Grand Forks residents want to see more use of Red River

Andy Magness and his son Keegan,7, follows swimmer Scott Jensen on a paddle board on the Red River recently. JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

For generations, Grand Forks residents have been suspicious of the Red River, fixating on the unknown that lurks in its murky waters.

“You’re bred to fear the river,” said Grand Forks native Caleb Kobilansky.

“And if you’re in it, you’re drowning,” added resident Scott Jensen.

This fear can be traced river’s mucky nature and infamous currents, which create conditions perceived as dangerous enough to warrant a law against swimming within the city limits.

A group of Grand Forks residents are hoping to see that attitude and law change.

To read more about their arguments and what the police department has to say, click here.

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