You approach with caution. You move among your old high school classmates. Then you begin to recognize them. And most everyone has fun walking down memory lane. It happens every summer. This weekend marks the beginning of a series of class reunions around Grand Forks. Victor Ames and John Molenaar are among hosts for the class of 1988 at Grand Forks Central High School. When they graduated from Central 30 years ago, there were major renovations underway.
They have been married for 70 years. Ray and Mae Gordon really meant it when their spoke their wedding vows. So the other day I asked Mae Gordon what it takes. She says, "Be patient with one another. Count your blessings every day. And give each other space.'' The years have just rolled by for Ray and Mae of Grand Forks. They have four children, 12 grandchildren and 15 great, great grandchildren. They shared their record long marriage with friends Sunday at United Lutheran Church.
On one side of North Fifth Street where it meets Gateway Drive, you see the old horse watering trough in a little city park. On the other side, there is the North Side Dairy Queen where people love Blizzards in the summertime. The North Side Dairy Queen is one of four in Greater Grand Forks. They all have their following on hot summer days. While North Side Dairy Queen is open only from March to November, the other three are open year round.
Most people around here probably will little note nor long remember that this is Friday the 13th. Those who have been around the block a while might think of the times when there was a sort of fear connected with such days. There was the admonition not to walk under a ladder on Friday the 13th. It was supposed to bring on bad luck. All I can say about it today is don't run under the sprinkler. You will get wet.
Dear Sandy, There's a hum of power saws all around Grand Forks, and a few men from Midco climbing poles here and there. But the worst is over. We had trees, branches and twigs floating all over the Forks early Sunday. This is fix-up week. People are repairing fences, piling up tree trunks and raking branches. Yikes! It all started in the wee hours of Sunday morning. I could tell there was trouble brewing by the wind outside. The branches were flying. I uttered a quick prayer when the power went out. "Thank you, God,'' I said, "for my battery powered radio.
They say that dogs will have their day. And this is the day of the Hotdogs for Homeless Dogs fundraiser. It will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Lincoln Park. There will be contests for dogs. And the Grand Forks Police Department K-9 Unit will present a demonstration. Judges will look for the best dressed pet, the best trick and the fastest fetcher. You can be sure there will be plenty of dogs in the park. Maybe not all of the dogs in Grand Forks, though. Because as of today there are 838 dogs licensed in the city.
First of all, you have to find Gentilly. It's that little village with a high tower of St. Peter's Catholic Church that can be seen for miles. It's reached by taking County Road 11 just north of Crookston. In the winter, snowmobilers find it by taking the back roads. Once you find Gentilly, you cannot give up. It is worth wending your way to the eastern edge of town. The burgers are better and the pork is lean and tender at the Snow Sled Inn Bar & Grill. In the winter, it is a gathering place for snowmobilers.
On this second day of summer, it seems we are settling into the days we longed for in January. The precious days of June bring sun and beautiful skies. There's driver training going on. Peonies in bloom. Bumps in the roads are being fixed. And the people who live along Belmont Road are especially good at flying their flags. The swimming pools are full of delighted children who have put their ice skates away for the time being. The Dairy Queen over at Mentor, Minn., is the last stop coming home from lakes.
Dear Queen Elizabeth, Although I haven't heard from you since I sent my recent letter, I need to ask you a question. I wonder what kind of nail polish you wear? You see, a friend gave me a bottle of Essie Ballet Slippers polish. It is said to be the only color Your Majesty will wear. The pale shade is supposed to be fit for a queen. And it is fit for my budget at just $9 a bottle — although I can buy polish for less at Kmart.
There are not enough olives in the salad, and there is too much literature on the menu. Other than that, the Olive Garden to me is a pleasant place for lunch or dinner. I have been there periodically since the Olive Garden came to Grand Forks in 2012. Usually, I am there for lunch. Occasionally for dinner. Recently I was pleased to meet up with friends who won bids at benefit events for a meal with me at the Olive Garden. It seems amazing how many people still remember the national attention after that first review went viral in the spring of 2012.