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Man who warned of equipment quirk before Challenger disaster dies

February 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Roger Boisjoly, who died at 73, had written an ominous memo to his supervisors at Morton Thiokol six months before the shuttle launched on Jan. 28, 1986. He told the company that cold weather could compromise the seals connecting sections of the rocket boosters they manufactured. Boisjoly and four other engineers pleaded with supervisors for a delay the night before the launch, as temperatures dipped below freezing. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Reagan, ‘The Great Communicator,’ visits GF

October 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

More than 9,000 people crowded into Hyslop Fieldhouse at UND 25 years ago when President Ronald Reagan came to Grand Forks. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Airport, schools, American Crystal made news in 1986

September 5, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Blizzards were in their second year at Dairy Queens here and all over. Dairy Queen was reported to have sold 175 million Blizzards in 1985 with prospects for twice as many sales in 1986. And that was in spite of the large fan base at the time for Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Continue Reading

THAT REMINDS ME with Marily Hagerty: International ‘tubers’ hit Red Lake River in ’86

August 2, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Calling it “Tubers Across the Border,” more than 2,000 Canadians, Americans and even some German soldiers planned to go into the Red Lake River 25 years ago on Aug. 8 for the “world’s largest connected flotilla of inner tubes.” Continue Reading

COLUMNIST MARILYN HAGERTY — Some stores banned explicit magazines in ’86

July 5, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Attempts by some Grand Forks residents to get sexually explicit magazines off local grocery store shelves succeeded in five stores. That was 25 years ago in the summer of 1986.
But the efforts failed in local convenience stores, the Herald reported. Continue Reading

COLUMNIST MARILYN HAGERTY — Gas war, 1986-style: 87 cents a gallon

April 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks service stations were fighting Round 2 of a gasoline war 25 years ago. Continue Reading

COLUMNIST MARILYN HAGERTY — All eyes turned to Red River in 1986

February 28, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

When spring rolled around 25 years ago, the people of Grand Forks were as always wondering about prospects for spring flooding. Continue Reading

THAT REMINDS ME with Marilyn Hagerty: Gas war drove prices to 88 cents a gallon 25 years ago

February 1, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A week earlier – 25 years ago – gasoline prices had plummeted to the $1 mark here. A year earlier, a gas war for almost five weeks had driven the price as low as 93 cents in Grand Forks. Continue Reading&