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Biking and bocce in summer’s final days

September 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

One bike went for $120 when the police held the annual auction this year for lost, strayed and stolen bikes. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: A week of culinary treats

August 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

There’s a faint aroma of chili wafting over our Grand Cities this week. Some of it remains after the Lions Chili Challenge during Catfish Days. And some of it is floating in from Grand Forks International Airport where there was another cooking contest Wednesday. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Swimmers, paddlers ready for 26 mile race

July 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Never in my wildest dreams would I be paddling down the Red River of the North in a kayak. On the other hand, the Red River is a challenge for people who are properly equipped to handle it. And that is what is going on around here on Saturday. They are holding an Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Seattle calls with cool breeze, Space Needle, Starbucks

July 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Since last I wrote you, I have been to Seattle and back. And let me tell you, Shirley, that is the city to visit in the summertime. It is cool and green with soft breezes. You can see the Space Needle and Mt. Rainier is visible in the distance. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: UND grad says call teams Fighting Sue

June 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Dear Shirley, Joel Vig remembers UND as a beautiful little campus made up of ivy-covered buildings in the heart of Grand Forks. He graduated in 1976. Like multitudes of other UND alumni across the nation, Vig has sage comments on the shift being made away from the Sioux nickname. He thinks the slogan could be changed to the Fighting Sue. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Summer rolls into Grand Forks

June 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Dear Shirley, My calendar says this is the first day of summer. So I am looking out my window on a tree loaded with little green apples and peonies in bloom. There are a few stray rabbits that find their way into the backyard, but Dot.Com the dachshund gives them a run for their money. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: June 14 is made for flying the flag

June 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Dear Shirley, This is Flag Day and I suppose the stars and stripes are flying all over Tucson, just as in Grand Forks. This is a great day just to be glad we are Americans. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Dear Shirley: Rhubarb shows up in cookies, scones, milkshakes at annual festival

June 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Dear Shirley, Remember when you bought some rhubarb in Tucson and as you checked it out another shopper asked, “Where did you find that red celery?”
Well, everybody in Grand Forks knows the difference! Especially this week. That’s because the annual Rhubarb Festival is coming up Saturday at University Lutheran Church. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Hail to the Queen, still she never writes, never calls

May 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

My 86th birthday on May 30 has come and gone. There were greetings from friends and relatives. But nothing from the Queen of England. She never writes. She never calls. She doesn’t even send an e-mail. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Sweet smell of lilacs, graduation parties lace streets

May 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

All over the area, people are planning graduation parties this weekend. I think they go for things like miniature cupcakes and little kegs of root beer. Everybody tries to serve something different. The four high schools of Greater Grand Forks are turning out graduates this weekend. Continue Reading