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MARILYN HAGERTY: Coping with snow and life after Macy's

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Mark Askelson loves snow.

He was the best person in the world with whom I could visit this week. It's not that I don't like snow. I like it in its place. But that is not barricading my front door and plugging up walks and driveways.

Askelson been fascinated by snow ever since he was a little boy living in the Detroit Lakes area. Now he's a faculty member in the School of Aerospace Sciences at UND. For years he has worked with research and teaching of storm systems.

One of his tools is a cool snowflake house that traps flakes on a black cloth. It allows a study of different flakes in different storms.

And it is part of the puzzle about visibility on the road. Askelson works in the department of Atmospheric Sciences with weather experts including Leon Osborne. They try to predict how weather affects the public.

Until I visited with Askelson, I never would have thought of studying the flakes that snowed me inside my house. Now I know six-sided snowflakes are common. And I know that studying the flakes makes a big impact on how they will affect driving.

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The weekend at hand has a bus to Omaha organized by Al Pearson. They will watch the Hawks playing hockey. While here at home, hoops fans will be eating popcorn and cheering for UND this afternoon. ... The men's team is playing Southern Utah. ... It's not exactly spring, but UND is up and running in what is called the spring semester. ... It happens every year, but the English Coulee is a long way from thawing.

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Ask Marilyn

Q. What will we do without Macy's when is closes?

A. We thought it was the end of the world when Griffith's department store downtown closed. ... We thought we couldn't live without Norby's, Herberger's, Silverman's. Now we grieve the closing of Macy's, but life in Grand Forks will go on.

Shopping online is quick and easy. Maybe too easy. You miss the experience of touching and feeling merchandise before you buy. And getting some advice from the clerk while shopping.

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Bob and Cres

Cheerful people of the week: Bob Rynestad and Cres Compton.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.

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