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Marilyn Hagerty: Get down with geese at Middle River festival

Dear Ron Oltmanns,

I don't know what cooks your goose. A lot of things cook mine.

Anyone who wants to find out about cooking a real goose could go over to Middle River this Saturday evening. I know you are living way out in Las Vegas now. That means you couldn't make it. I was hoping to go over, but I am afraid of hitting a deer on the way home.

You see, they are holding the 11th annual Call of the Goose Festival this weekend in Middle River. You taught school in Grand Forks long enough to know that the little city of Middle River, with 303 population, is called the Goose Capital of the North. The Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area is nearby. It has more than 54,000 acres available for public use. And it's close to the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge.

At 5 p.m. Saturday there will be a Goose Cook-off as well as a Goose Calling contest sponsored by Cabela's.


We're heading into sweater and jacket season around Grand Forks. People might need a jacket for the ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on the front lawn of Central High School.

There's a celebration of 100 years coming up for that beautifully restored old building. And there's going to be a musical entitled, "Grand Forks Through the Decades" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.


This is the time of year we are digging out our jackets. You know that, Ron, from living here so many years. Most of us have jackets and piles of sweaters waiting for the first frost of autumn.

At least we are safe and sound and trying to help the Red Cross and Salvation Army help the people in Texas and Florida. I am glad your daughter Susan Oltmanns and her husband Tim Koozin are all right in Houston.


The Norwegians among us are on the move this week. On Friday, they are planning a Norsk Hostfest bus trip to Minot. And back. I guess you don't even need to be Norwegian to go. All you need is $30 to ride the bus if you register with Cindy Dahl at (701) 741-9132.

At 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon this week, there'll be a visitor at the Sons of Norway Lodge from Setesdal, Norway. At 4 p.m., she will be ready to talk about genealogy using Digitalarkivet—whatever that is. Of course, there will be coffee and something with Norwegian calories.


So you see, Ron, things haven't changed since you left here for warmer pastures.

Best regards,


P.S. You probably don't have weeds out there on the desert. But around here, they can be a problem. When I read the fine print in the Herald I found out all township roadside ditches must be mowed before Oct. 1. Or the cost will be assessed to the owner.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.