MARILYN HAGERTY: Grand Forks is full of wonderDear Shirley, I don’t know how it is for you down there in Tucson, but here in Grand Forks life is full of wonder.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
I don’t know how it is for you down there in Tucson, but here in Grand Forks life is full of wonder.
I wonder how many children will show up and shout “Tricks or Treats” tonight. I wonder what they would do if you said “Tricks.”
I wonder if the oak tree in the backyard will shed its leaves while the city is still making collections.
We’re heading into November now, Shirley. You may not be wearing sweaters, but I have started adding layers. Edging into fall and winter is sort of like wading into a lake. You go gingerly at first. Then you get brave. And pretty soon, you just jump in.
You probably have forgotten how it is to dig out the gloves and scarves you discarded last March. Here in the cold country, there’s the annual hunt.
The cold has people on the move. Lori and Wayne Gruhot of Argyle, Minn., brought their granddaughter, Bree Ann, over to Tabor, Minn., Friday night for the haunted hayride through the countryside.
That was after the Funeral Hotdish contest at Tabor. And let me tell you, that was lively, Shirley. There were four of us judging the entries. First place went to Cheryl Novak of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Tabor. And the second place went to the entry from Bethany Lutheran Church north of East Grand Forks. The Hollow Bean Hotdish recipe by Novak was also people’s choice. The recipe was printed in the Saturday Herald.
Judging with me were trusted friends, Tammy Howard and Mary Glessner, along with Greg Norman. More than 200 people turned out to taste the funeral hotdishes, Shirley.
These are people who call a hotdish a hotdish (instead of a casserole). There are no pretenses!
Love from your sister Marilyn eating noodles on the west bank of the Red River of the North.
P.S. It isn’t just little children who enjoy Halloween. The holiday fascinates students at the UND School of Law where they held a pumpkin carving contest Wednesday. There were 19 entries. And the contest was sponsored by the Canadian Law School Society. Yep, Shirley, there are several from Canada attending law school here. Leah Leibl, a senior from Winnipeg, says she never complains about the cold weather in Grand Forks.
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