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MARILYN HAGERTY: Paths lead to Roseau, Langdon and Kennedy

Dear Shirley,

The best of summer is getting out and about. And I am planning to be in Langdon, N.D., today for the salad luncheon at First Presbyterian Church.

On Saturday, I’m going to Kennedy, Minn., to join a group of area authors signing books. This little town is marking its 125th anniversary with a Celebrate Kennedy Festival.

When I was in Roseau Saturday, I ran across Robert Bergland, former U.S. House member who was Secretary of Agriculture between 1977 and 1981.

He was happy as a lark playing guitar with a trio on the city center. He was making music with Leanne Johnson of Roseau and Lyndon Johnson of Hallock.

It was a beautiful day in this town right up by the Canadian border and Lake of the Woods. Bob Bergland was born there in 1928. He and his wife Helen now are happy living on the family farm south of town.

Although many who serve in Washington settle down and stay there in retirement, that is not for the Berglands. They wanted to come home to Roseau. That’s where the children and grandchildren live.

This part of the country is beautiful now. You drive through huge flat, green fields. You almost forget the long winter. We have daylight now until around 10 o’clock. These are the longest days of the year.

We’ve had people swimming in the Red River and bikers wheeling across the state. We even have a summer football team.

Yes, this is our time to shine. I hate to tell you I saw the forecast the other day for highs of 99, 104 and 91 in Tucson. I guess you are waiting for what you call the monsoon season when you might get some rain.

But I know you have always loved the desert — sometimes more than others!

Well, I am hoping it doesn’t rain tonight because the Grand Forks City Band is scheduled for a performance at 7:30 tonight at the Myra Museum Gazebo.

Let me know what’s going on in Tucson! Meanwhile, I send my love from the west bank of the Red River of the North.

P.S. I must confess I killed a crow the other day on Cherry Street. I didn’t mean to do it. But this big black crow followed another crow running right ahead of my car. I still think crows should stay in their place down by the river and pigeons have no excuse to sit on top of doorways.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or (701) 772-1055