The weekend is at hand with little orange bugs crawling all over and the University of Minnesota hockey team coming to town. The bugs are trying to find homes for the winter. The hockey players aim to beat the North Dakota team this weekend. We will see. To gain insight on the sports scene, UND Boosters are meeting at 11:30 a.m. today at the Alerus Center. And there is speculation that Bubba's football team will cream Sacramento State on Saturday. That is, if the fans all wear green. Time will tell.
Before people went into hiding behind their cellphones, there were things to worry about. One of them was Friday the 13th. And, for those who like to worry, they can fret about it today. Walking under a ladder was believed to bring bad luck Friday the 13th. Now it's a matter of who knows or who cares. We move on. There's hockey with St. Lawrence UND this weekend and a meeting of fans at noon today at the Alerus. There are leaves to rake, pumpkins to harvest and apples to peel. All Greek to me
More than 400 attended the annual soup supper at Grand Forks Air Force Base. There were 33 pots of soup entered in this year's competition. And the winner was: Master Sgt. Scott Harris with his version of chicken dumpling soup. This week, the Eatbeat digresses from restaurant reviews with a report from the Oct. 4 soup dinner at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center.
Dear Greg Strausbaugh, You seem to be in charge of registration for the Fall Job Fair coming up Thursday at the Alerus Center. I was just wondering what you did on your first job. We all have to start somewhere. One of my first jobs was writing city briefs for my hometown newspaper — the Capital Journal at Pierre, S.D. I also washed dishes at the St. Charles Hotel café. Brandon Wild, a professor in the UND aviation school, started out as a photo assistant in his dad's shop in Northbrook, Ill.
Many never knew. Others have forgotten. But there was a time when nobody was tailgating before the football games at UND. So, back in 1993, the UND Sioux Booster Club held a contest for the best tailgaters. Those were the days long before the Alerus — when games were played in the brick stadium on campus. The first tailgaters set up shop on the parking lot. The winners of the event were a group of friends who met when they arrived at UND in 1967. That was the year when they joined hands and hearts. They all started out living in Bek Hall.
First, he juggles an egg on top of the big flat grill. He fries it, chops it, mixes it into a pile of rice. He brings out vegetables and meat. "My favorite rice — I love it," said one of three chefs working away in Fuji Japanese restaurant on a recent Friday evening. It was a 14th birthday celebration for Caitlin MacKenzie, and all of her family were gathered around. The chef at one of three hibachi tables was skillfully presiding. He was frying, chopping and mixing a pile of rice. Although it was water he squirted on the flames, he said, "More sake, more happy."
Dear Ruth Bustin, Things don't seem quite the same around here since you moved to Arizona for good. You know so many people in Grand Forks. And this is homecoming week at UND. The leaves are turning gold and floating across campus. The Sioux Award banquet will be a big draw Wednesday evening at the Alerus Center. Then it's off to the races. Open houses, receptions. The UND Athletics Letter winners ceremony Friday at the Alerus. The parade down University Avenue begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Dear Professor Poochigian, I'm sorry to hear you are moving to California after your retirement this year from UND. Time has a way of marching on and leaving us wondering about all that has happened. My late daughter, Carol, talked a lot about your philosophy class. I didn't know that she showed up at one of your classes wearing Groucho Marx glasses — complete with the big nose.
She was a small woman, pleasant and unassuming. Always smiling. She went quietly about her work as the head librarian at the Grand Forks Public Library. She would show up here and there with her puppets. And though she died at the age of 100 five years ago, she is well remembered. She is one of the people who helped through the ages to make Grand Forks great.
Not many refuse free popcorn at the Ground Round Grill and Bar. And Matt Walkowiak, the owner, says they use 500 pounds every week. Popcorn sets the tone for the Ground Round. It's a rather informal, sort of carefree place with a varied menu geared to serve a wide range of customers.