The weekend arrives with students out of school in Grand Forks and a hockey game with Mankato State brewing Friday at UND. The Hawks football team will meet up with Sacramento State out there in California on Saturday. And there are pumpkins just waiting to turn into pie. Then there's water. Most of us are wasting plenty of it. That was the message I got when I helped judge a tasting test during the state water conference here this week.
Dear Dave McFarlane, I don't know how it is down in Florida, but here in Grand Forks spring starts with the rhubarb festival at University Lutheran Church. Summer ends with the apple fest at First Presbyterian Church. And that's coming up this Saturday. I know you are among the many people who choose to get away to the sunshine in Florida from time to time. Others start thinking this time of year of the sunshine and desert of Arizona. Me?
The sky was blue. The land was flat. The clouds were light and fluffy as we drove across the border into Canada. Our destination early this week was the Jasmine Tea Room in Altona. We were pleased with the luncheon fare in a large, light room where tables were covered with white cloths. The front counter was full of homemade pastries. White curtains completed a quaint, home-like ambience. There is seating for 40 inside the Jasmine tearoom and 25 on the outdoor patio. My Eatbeat companions were Ileen Askew and Inna Sumra of Cavalier, N.D., and Glenna Leedahl of Grand Forks.
The weekend arrives with the Wild Hog Marathon in Grand Forks. And the UND football team is heading out to a game with Northern Colorado at Greeley Saturday. Meanwhile Cindy Dahl of the Sons of Norway has been busily trying to load a bus for Norse Hostfest fun in Minot. After all, this is called a Professional Development Day and the Grand Forks Public Schools are saying two words children may love to hear: No school. Golden leaves are floating down. People are wondering when they should mow the lawn for the last time.
Dear Sharon Rezac Andersen, I see you have settled down in Green Valley. I think a lot of people from the Grand Forks area end up in Arizona—at least for the long winters.
There's no telling what you might find when you go for a hike after dark. But some of the 80 Girl Scouts attending the annual weekend Camp LOL at Turtle River State Park this weekend will find out. The hike, with adult supervision, is among a string of adventures planned by the Dakota Horizon Council. The idea is to create new skills, new friendships and offer outdoor activities.
It seems only fitting that the East Grand Forks Class of 1958 is holding its reunion this weekend during Heritage Days. They are headquartering at the American Legion Club for informal get togethers during their 60-year anniversary. And they will attend Heritage Days events. There's a breakfast planned as a send-off Sunday morning. They are asking other classes and friends to attend their events. Chairpersons are Raanne Sullivan Wavra, Darrell Dallum and Rich and Carlyne Flatten Raymond. Moving along
The calendar on the wall tells me that Sept. 21 is the first day of fall. There's no sense going around grieving the departure of summer in the middle of August. Philip the Fly is having some of his best days disturbing people. He was at bridge club at the East Grand Forks golf course this week. He probably will be around when 77 members in the UND medical school class of 2022 recite the Oath of Hippocrates this afternoon. The event is at the Alerus Center. Football teams are out for practice. Ads are showing back to school supplies. But summer is with us.
Iris Westman doesn't pay much attention to news about President Trump. But she thinks it would be well if he could pay off the national debt. Actually, she says, she really liked Eleanor Roosevelt. "She was a wonderful lady." We talked about the days that are and those that have gone during a visit on Sunday afternoon. She lives in a room at the Deaconess Health Center in nearby Northwood, N.D. It is her world now that she is approaching her 113th birthday on Aug. 28.
Ronald, the rabbit, has taken up residence in my backyard. Ronald is fairly large. But Ronald can get under and in between fences. And Ronald has lots of relatives. I think they are having a family reunion here on Cottonwood Street. It has been going on all summer. When I called the county agent's office at the courthouse, they had nothing to say — good or bad — about rabbits. So I didn't call the police.