Dear Shirley, Sometimes I wonder how many bushels of popcorn people eat during basketball and hockey games. Or how many people eat those things they call "taco in a bag." Well, it's all ending now with tournament time taking over. There will be no after season play for the UND men's hoops team at UND, but they kept their games exciting. And to me, the best part has been when the team runs off the floor at the end of the games. There always is a string of little children waiting for a "high-five." And the team obliges. Especially Quentin Hooker.
Where did you go this winter? That is the question, and many people say they went to Florida or Mexico. Then there's Ginny and Bob Tupa. They went to Dubai and had high tea in the Peacock Alley of the Waldorf Astoria. They are back in Grand Forks with memories of tiny triangle sandwiches made with salmon, chicken salad, cucumber and egg salad. They had a choice of 10 teas. He chose mint Moroccan; she chose a Sweet Dreams tea. And there were peacock feathers painted on the tea cups.
There was controversy over whether to build a dike along Belmont Road in Grand Forks 25 years ago. That was in 1990, seven years before the massive flood of 1997 rolled over this city. In 1990, it was because of threatening floods that some people near the Red River were petitioning to build a dike. Others in homes along Belmont Road and the Lincoln Park golf course wanted to preserve the landscape. Among the protesters was the late Tom Ryan, who owned a home along Belmont Road. He insisted that a clay dike in an emergency could protect the area. The late Frances Kannowski also objected.
To tip or not to tip. That is not the question. Usually the question is how much and whom to tip. Moving around Grand Forks with notebook in hand, I have been visiting with people who say they tip anywhere from 10 to 15 or 20 percent at restaurants. They tip usually from $3 to $5 for a pizza delivery. And most people don't take taxi rides often enough to have a pattern. Somehow, a $5 tip for a ride to or from the airport seems about right. It's fairly common for people around here to tip their Herald carrier, although the custom of tipping letter carriers has fallen by the wayside.
Matthew Peterson is a hometown boy who became a composer and lives in Stockholm, Sweden. There he also teaches music theory and composition to high school and pre-college students. He's back in Grand Forks this week. And he will be at the Empire Arts Center Saturday evening. There, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. It will feature the U.S.
Dear Shirley, You and I aren't quite old enough to remember it, but the great Dakota Boom reached its peak in 1884. And I was just reading in the book,...
There is something special about dinner at Sanders in downtown Grand Forks. For many, it is an occasion. The locally owned restaurant has earned a reputation for fine dining since it was first established in 1981. And the beat goes on with a new owner, John "Sky" Manske, and plans to relocate in a larger and elegant setting, at 322 Demers Ave., in late spring or early summer. Sanders offers an inviting setting that includes seating in booths with Norwegian design.
On a cold day in February 100 years ago, the Herald carried an ad saying, "Break a child's fever by giving syrup of figs.'' The syrup cleans the little liver and bowels, and the child gets well quick, the ad declared. Helen Engstrom was in charge of Story Hour at the Grand Forks Library. Mrs. Lee Norman of Riverside Park returned from a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.F. Kelleher in Park River. And Mrs. Charles Fisher was hostess to her Recreation Club at her home on S.
His name is Ashok Thakker, but everyone calls him "Smiley." He owns the Ramada Inn and is around now and then watching one of the oldest motels in Grand Forks get a face-lift. And he smiles. Thakker is knee deep in a renovation of the Ramada where many local groups have been meeting for years. It's the meeting place of organizations such as South Forks Lions and Grand Forks Retired Teachers. Already, the Ramada has reservations for 48 wedding receptions this year. With 100 rooms, the Ramada was opened here in 1973 by the late Bob Absey of Grand Forks.
You know winter is nearing the end when Icelandic people start talking about sharing food. And Saturday evening, descendants of Icelandic settlers in northeastern North Dakota will be holding their second annual midwinter feast called Thorrablot. It's engineered by many including Jolene Halldorson, president of Icelandic Communities Association. She loves being of Icelandic descent so much she has helped round up the traditional rotten shark, hard fish, smoked salmon and — yes — sometimes even ram's testicles for the feast.