Dear Shirley, If you could drive a beet truck, you would have a job in a minute around here. I was checking out the classified ads in the Herald the other day. There is a demand for people to drive trucks in the sugar beet, potato and corn harvest.
Dear Shirley, Have you ever heard of the Shirley polka? Well one of the 49 Shirleys who showed up for the Shirley-Marilyn lunch last week said she never liked it. She said the words, in part, say, “She’s got ants in her pants and she thinks she can dance.”
Dear Shirley, There’s kind of a pre-back-to-school lull hanging over the Forks this week. Summer stuff is winding down. School stuff is calling. And I am pleased to tell you there are Shirleys coming out of the woodwork.
Dear Shirley, Surely, there are scores of Shirleys floating around out there in reader land. So far, I have heard from one who will join the get together for people named Shirley or Marilyn for lunch at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Green Mill in Grand Forks. I think there is a Marilyn coming, too.
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.
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