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MARILYN HAGERTY: Second Shirley luncheon coming soon

Dear Shirley,

On these days of July, I am reaching out to all the Shirleys in reader land. I am hoping for another big gathering of them for the second annual Shirley luncheon.

It’s coming up at noon on Aug. 14 at Whitey’s in East Grand Forks. This year there will be a table or two for friends of Shirleys. But Shirleys will be front and center.

I know that Sophia was the most popular name for girls born in the USA last year. Still, we found Shirleys are scattered all around. And they are quite charming.

Could you please write a letter we can read to all the Shirleys?

Meanwhile I suppose you will be going out to the Sonora Desert Museum Saturday. I know they boast being world renowned for their diversity of insects and arthropods. And this weekend they are featuring beautiful silk moths in their “Insect Insanity” night.

There are special programs here, too, for National Moth Month. They’re coming up this weekend at Turtle River State Park and Tuesday evening at the city library.

Our hearts are heavy this week in Grand Forks with the passing of two well known women. Helny Ohnstad was a teacher and writer who touched the lives of many. Also a teacher and leader, Shirley Emerson was well known.

The peonies are gone. The lilies are in their full glory. And there are big buds on the hollyhocks. People will get to see outstanding gardens on the tour this weekend. It starts at the Myra Museum on Belmont Road.

And that is where the City Band will be performing at 7:30 this evening.

Love from your sister Marilyn hunting for Mr.Goodbars on the west bank of the Red River of the North.

P.S. People who have been up to Frost Fire Summer Theatre near Walhalla, N.D., say the show is great. This year it is “Smokey Joe’s Café.”

When you get up to that Pembina River Gorge area it is hard to believe you are in North Dakota.

Reach Hagerty at or (701) 772-1055.