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MARILYN HAGERTY: Bikers find ups, downs crossing N.D.

Some people like to say North Dakota is greener and cleaner. But it isn’t flat.

Like most people, Jennifer Roscoe used to think of North Dakota as one large, level state.

When she finished riding bicycle from Dickinson to Fargo earlier this week, she had changed her mind. With two companions, she found there are many ups and downs.

And after eight days on side roads, Jessica and her two friends were weary. But they raised at least $8,000 for North Dakota Coalition for the Homeless.

And they fulfilled a longtime dream of biking for a cause across North Dakota. Along with Jessica on the 350-mile ride were fellow graduates of Concordia College in Moorhead — Amanda Allen and Lindsey Teigen.

Their trip across North Dakota was a dream come true.

“North Dakota is beautiful,” Jessica said at the end of the ride. The ride was something she always had wanted to do. At the end of the trail, she said it was long and taxing. And it was hard to be in a different place every night.

The bikers had support vehicles driven by her grandfather, Richard Ryan, and Scott Harrington. They went 40 to 50 miles a day with an eight-hour ride the longest.

Sugar Beaters

The weekend arrives with the Friday evening sound of cars roaring around River Cities Speedway … And the Forx Sugar Beaters holding a roller derby bout Saturday evening at Purpur Arena with the A-Town Roller Girls from Aberdeen, S.D. … And “The Full Monty” musical continuing at the Empire Arts Center. … While North Country Fiddle and Dance event at the Eagles promises to be a lively event on Saturdayevening.

Waiting in the wings is an evening with Kathleen Norris, author of “Dakota: A Spiritual Geography.” It’s scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Fire Hall Theatre. It follows an informal discussion Tuesday at the Grand Forks library where a dozen people gathered around City Librarian Wendy Wendt to discuss the deeply moving writing of Kathleen Norris. The book stirs thoughts about the openness of the prairie. It creates speculation on the changes created by the oil boom out west.

The book discussions are sponsored by North and South Dakota Humanities Councils and 125th anniversary committees.

Kim, Kim, Kim

When in need, all Andrew Vigen ever will have to do is call out for Kim. On Saturday at Sacred Heart Church he will marry Kim Bushaw. His mother’s name is Kim Vigen. His aunt is Kim Vigen.

Joy and Terry

Cheerful persons of the week: Joy Bostrom and Terry Bohan.

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