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Our view: Nothing to do? Here are 4 ideas

Herald editorial board

Have some free time this weekend? Here are four suggestions, gleaned from the pages of the Grand Forks Herald.

Wild Hog Marathon: Although the main event is today (Saturday), it began Thursday and ran through Friday with numerous subsidiary events, including a 5K, 10K and half-marathon. New this year is the Hog Dog Jog, which kicked off the weekend Thursday.

As of Thursday, there were 162 runners registered for the marathon, 522 registered for the half-marathon and 416 registered for the 10K.

Most of this event will be over before readers see this, so consider participating next year in some way or another. And remember: Watching the event wind through Grand Forks doesn't cost a thing.

Greenway Takeover: This free festival is underway on the Greenway, north of the Sorlie Bridge in downtown Grand Forks. Food trucks and beer stations are set up, and attendees are able to listen to numerous bands, including the Gear Daddies, who helped kick things off Thursday. The event continues throughout the weekend, and more than a dozen bands are playing there today.

Again, there is no cost to attend. And like the Wild Hog Marathon, it's an event that is specifically designed to bring people to Grand Forks. It's not only good for residents, but it's really good for the hotels, restaurants and pubs that will cater to them this weekend.

Leaf tours: Fall is officially here — as of Friday — but fall colors are ahead of schedule. The trees in the northern Red River Valley are at about 40 percent color, the Herald reported Friday. A short drive into northern Minnesota this weekend would be worth it, since the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources notes that the trees in the Bemidji area are at about 50 to 75 percent of their peak color.

UND vs. Montana State: Sure, the Fighting Hawks had a rough time last week down at the University of South Dakota, but that's seven days in the past and doesn't count in the Big Sky Conference standings. Today, UND hosts Montana State in a 2:30 p.m. game at the Alerus Center.

UND has won 11 straight conference games, including a 17-15 win over Montana State last year. And the more the merrier when it comes to attendance, since UND won five of its six home games last year and routed Missouri State 34-0 at the Alerus two weeks ago.

Of course, UND football coach Bubba Schweigert knows how important it is for fans to support the Hawks at home, and he's doing his part. We recently saw a video of the coach, wearing a tie and suit coat, handing out free tickets to students on campus. If he's willing to make that kind of effort, fans should be willing, too.

This is a good place to live. Enjoy the weekend.