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Marilyn Hagerty: The day we've all been waiting for

Dear Sandy Mason,

This is the time of year you probably miss your old home in Grand Forks. But I know you and Earl had good reasons for moving permanently to Tucson. Being around grandchildren is important.

There are stories about the hot, hot weather down your way this week. It is really nice here now. But some of the peonies were battered by the wind last week. Others in sheltered areas have grown more beautiful than ever during this merry month of June.

The best and the brightest of the peonies will be showing up at the Myra Museum Saturday during the 33rd annual garden tour, peony show and plant sale Saturday and Sunday.

It's enough to keep the sponsoring Grand Forks Horticultural Society busy. Very busy this weekend.

Last year's winning peony came from Roseau, Minn. The winner was Sara Kompelien.

Entries for the peony judging will be accepted until noon on Saturday. Judges are Steve Sagaser and Georgia Heitmann.


Tomorrow will be the first official day of summer. After 60 years in Grand Forks, I have decided this is the day we dream of all year.

When we arrived in Grand Forks in June of 1957, we were busily putting a new home in order. We went to a hardware store downtown. While we were in there, everything became eerie and silent.

We saw on a television screen that the big tornado of 1957 just hit Fargo.


How are your air cooling bills running down there in Arizona?

The last bill I got from Xcel Energy for electricity was $34.49 and natural gas service was $32.13. The $66.62 total sure beats the $210.43 billing for February.

Does your air conditioning go way up in the summer time? I remember visiting down there in the summer when the steering wheel in the car was too hot to handle.

Of course you know this is lake season! You used to have a lake place. I just go visiting good-natured friends in Bemidji. This week, my son Bob and family are here from Pittsburgh. We are going to Maple Lake Wednesday. That's only a skip, hop and a jump away.

The SPA (Summer Performing Arts) program is running now. So is the little red school bus library.

The way I feel about it is that we have to get out and enjoy each day. We will need to remembering the sun, the gardens, the swimming pools all winter long.

Best wishes from the west bank of the Red River of the North.

Your friend in Grand Forks, Marilyn.

P.S. Lincoln Park is going to the dogs this evening when Crary Real Estate hosts its annual Hot Dogs for Homeless Dogs event. The first contest starts at 6:15 p.m. in Lincoln Park to judge the best dressed pet. The second contest is for the best trick by a dog.

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