MARILYN HAGERTY: All seemed well 25 years agoThe weather was hot. The bargains were great. The Canadian dollar was strong. And all seemed well in Grand Forks 25 years ago in August. The Herald called the rising value of the Canadian dollar a “blessing.” There were more shoppers around.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
The weather was hot. The bargains were great. The Canadian dollar was strong.
And all seemed well in Grand Forks 25 years ago in August. The Herald called the rising value of the Canadian dollar a “blessing.” There were more shoppers around.
A year earlier, the Canadian dollar was worth 75 cents in the United States. In 1988, it was worth 83 cents. U.S. Customs officers at Pembina reported 5,200 automobiles crossed into the United States on the first weekend of August. That was about 1,000 more than in the previous year.
Local merchants were going wild with Crazy Day. A long line formed at the Silverman store long before it opened at 7 a.m.
Some said it was the hottest summer they had experienced since 1936. And there were signs of changing times.
n The A&W drive in became a “we make, you bake” pizza place.
n Dr. Richard Leigh was giving up his practice that included performing abortions here. He said no one else was likely to perform abortions in Grand Forks when he completed his last one here. “The protestors would descend like a crowd of vultures,” he said. “It would never get off the ground. I don’t think it will happen.”
Al Hackenberg, vice president of the Grand Forks Right to Life Association, said, “We don’t care who gets credit or why it happened — just that it is done.”
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The rains came all over Eastern North Dakota on August 14, 1988. And the skies broke open all across the state. Grant Lindell who farmed five miles east of Adams, N.D., said the rainfall total on his farm was “a hair over an inch.”
The summer of 1988 was full of political news. That was the year that Ronald Reagan urged George Bush to “win one for the Gipper.” And Bush told the GOP convention in New Orleans, “I mean to win.”
In other news 25 years ago in August:
&Bull; A lone gunman walked into the Columbia Mall branch of Metropolitan Federal Bank and escaped with $38,552. A year earlier, a gunman hit Metropolitan’s branch on S. Washington Street for $48,000. He was later identified as Edward Harold Corey Jr., and jailed in Fargo.
• Home of Economy announced plans to open on U.S. Highway 81 in September. It had been more than nine months since a fire destroyed the store, according to President Jean Kiesau.
• Workers were at the site of a new dam to replace Riverside Dam. The $2.2 million project was about 1,000 feet downstream from the original dam and was expected to be completed in the summer of 1989.
• The school at Petersburg, N.D., was being rebuilt after a Christmas fire had destroyed the gymnasium, lunch room and a couple of class rooms.
• The Midwest Shrine Association concluded its convention in Grand Forks with a parade made up of nearly 100 units.
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