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MARILYN HAGERTY: Fergal remembers carrying Herald, eating pie

Fergal Gallagher was a paper boy for the Herald from 1951 to 1954 in nearby St. Thomas, N.D.

He says he increased subscriptions by 50 percent and won an airplane ride at the fair. He also made enough money to buy a Schwinn Flyer bike.

He told me all this because he has just written a book, “Fergal Patrick Joseph Gallagher.” His biography is a fascinating story of growing up in St. Thomas.

Gallagher says he was born in Grafton, N.D., to Farigal Gallagher and Marguerite Gagnon on April 1, 1936. His father’s nickname was Fag, and he is glad they never stuck that on him. His mother’s name of Marguerite was shortened to Mugs. And his brothers were Michael and Robert. The three boys were known as Pat, Mike and Mustard.

Published by Xlibris, the “Fergal Patrick Joseph Gallager” biography is available through It’s also available for $15 from Fergal Gallagher at 2402 Stallion Court, Grayslake, IL 60030-9332

Spring weekend

The winter of 2013-2014 is mercifully and officially over. It will go down as one of the worst in history. And the first weekend of spring arrives with the Camper Show at the Alerus Center... Along with “Dancing through the Decades” at the Civic Center in East Grand Forks Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon... With a Healthy Living Expo coming up Saturday at the Alerus Center... While the Mendelssohn Piano Trio will perform Sunday afternoon at North Dakota Museum of Art.... And Boy Scouts are leading the way in a drive Saturday morning to restock local food cupboards....

Meanwhile, North Dakota’s hockey fans are whooping it up during the Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis this weekend... And all eyes and ears will be tuned in when the UND hoops women take their turn in the “big dance” with Texas A & M Sunday evening....

Ask Marilyn

Q. What kind of vanity license plates have been spotted lately?

A. Well, these people are getting more clever all the time. I have seen QUILTER 2 and BADSEED. Then there was 2DUCKS, MINION, BADSEED, UNDFANS, YA DEN, OJEEPERS and DEAD 1. But the ones I liked best said I 4GET and ILBCNU (I’ll be seeing you).

Friends have seen I NOODLE, FLYNBIU and STARTER. Also 2 WINKS, BULRIDR and one that simply says HOME. And down on the Arizona desert, winter residents notice SLIDR, KIKBAK, GARDNER and one that says ILUVAPO. That one has a mail carrier in a blue uniform.

Charlotte and Joel

Cheerful people of the week: Charlotte Gregerson and Joel Arnason.


Reach Hagerty at or (701) 772-1055.