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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. It’s a good time to check and make sure the flags we fly are in good condition.
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.
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.
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.
Dear Shirley, Even though we are Danish, I have to admit that the Norwegians think of everything. This is Syttende mai — the Norwegian Independence Day — and they are serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their lodge at 1401 Ninth Ave. S. in Grand Forks.
Since last I wrote you, I have been out and about. I have been up to Karlstad, Minn., to check out their beautiful new Nordhem restaurant. And I have been to St. Thomas, N.D., to have tea in the historic Garnett House.
These people like to hear about my going viral in March. And for me, the best part of all my viral escapades is sharing the experiences with friends who read the Herald right here in this area. They are the people who matter the most to me.
With persistence, love and determination, you can find hidden talents that lie within another person — no matter how high the barriers. And Janice Houska of Grafton, N.D., has done just that through the years as she raised a son who was born with Down syndrome.
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