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MARILYN HAGERTY: Marilyn the Peregrine takes first flights around Grand Forks

Dear Tim Driscoll,

When I go to sleep at night, I wonder. When I wake up in the morning, I still wonder. I do worry about the baby peregrine falcon you named after me a month ago. You have been studying these birds for a long time.

I wondered if Marilyn had left the nest in the UND water tower? I wonder about her parents, Terminator and Marv. I have wondered if Marilyn gets along with her brothers. I remember their names are David, Clifton and Ali. They are named after David Lambeth, the dean of bird watchers here, along with the late Olympics runner Clifton Cushman and the late famous boxer Muhammad Ali.

I have been wishing Marilyn would stay here and go to UND. Just as I was worrying about Marilyn, a wonderful thing happened. David Lambeth showed up with pictures he had taken during the past week of Marilyn.

She is flitting around on the roofs of buildings at UND. She has a beautiful coat of feathers. A month ago when Cory Floden and Nathan Reitan scaled the water tower at UND, she had only little white fluffy feathers.

Dave Lambeth has discovered the little falcons are out every day—exploring. They had been sort of like teenagers waiting in the nest for their parents to bring them food. Within a month, they will be out of here.

The bird people know of a bird named Eve hatched here now living in Minneapolis. Smiley, who was around here several years ago, is known to be nesting in Winnipeg. Another of the peregrines born here several years ago has been spotted in Texas.

Well, I don't know what you think, Tim, but I sure hope Marilyn makes good decisions. They say she is no shrinking violet, and she sort of lords it over her brother hawks. All I have is the few white downy feathers taken a month ago when she was so very young.

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Summer is moving along, but I am not ready for back to school promotions. I think we should wait until August for all of that. Just as I think we should wait until Thanksgiving is over before we start Christmas.

Summer is really fun around here ... even though I have to put up with Phillip the Fly. This evening, I am going down to the Empire Arts Center where there will be an evening of films with Leonora Gershman Pitts. And the City Band will present its third summer concert at the Gazebo near the Myra Museum at 7 p.m. Thursday evening.

The Grand Forks Park District has something going all the time. And SPA, the Summer Performing Arts shows begin this week with "Oklahoma" at the Central High auditorium.

Meanwhile, 11 former UND hockey players and coach Brad Berry are heading north on Saturday. They are scheduled to play in the annual Frank White Golf Tourney at the Walhalla Country Club. White is a popular UND professor who seems to know the difference between a golf club and a hockey stick.

... Well, I hope you have a good weekend. Let me know if you can tell what direction Marilyn is heading when she leaves her nest in the UND water tower.

Your friend, Marilyn.

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