Dear Leah Byzewski, As director of the Grand Forks County Historical Society, you really keep track of things. And you have the original document showing it was April 26, 1875 when Alexander Griggs transferred his ownership of Grand Forks to the town of Grand Forks. That's 142 years ago! Previously, he had been the proprietor. You like the part where it says, "Be it remembered."
The people who make calendars list this Saturday as Earth Day. This special day was established in 1970 in the shadow of the Vietnam War. It paved the way for the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and stressed the importance of safe water drinking.
Bob Moore, who with his family operates area movie theaters, says he can't stand to see a building sit empty. He wants to make it into something useful. And profitable. That is why he bought the building at 521 DeMers Ave. in East Grand Forks. The onetime American Federal Bank came with a large parking lot. Since Jan. 23, the old bank building has housed an inviting new coffee and sandwich shop known as Corner Coffee. Breakfast sandwiches served until 11 a.m. include one made with scrambled eggs and American cheese.
Mike Schepp never intended Helix Wine & Bites to become a restaurant when it opened 18 months ago in downtown Grand Forks. But the appetizers served with wine and beer became so popular he kept adding food to the menu. Schepp now has hired a chef and moved to 4491 S. Washington St. There he has space for food service with wine and beer, and ample, convenient parking for his customers.
Dear Josephine, You're about the only person I still have contact with down in South Dakota. And you live in Ft. Pierre near the Missouri River. So, I was wondering if you could get out your binoculars and search the skies for peregrine falcons heading north.
It was 1925 when the late Edwin "Whitey" Larson began selling bootlegged beer and Coney Island hot dogs in East Grand Forks. Little did he dream his business would survive through the decades and become an area landmark. Whitey's continues today in the heart of East Grand Forks. With others along restaurant row, it withstood the Flood of 1997 and rebuilt along the Red River.
For several years since THE FLOOD, I have gazed out the window and looked at the white snow of winter. I have been full of wonder: How long, oh Lord, should a furnace last in North Dakota? This week, the answer came loud and clear. Twenty years is a good long life for a furnace. And so I said farewell to Fannie, the old furnace, and I welcomed Freda, the new furnace.
Lunch begins at 11 a.m. daily at the Panda Buffet Chinese restaurant at 2451 Columbia Rd. But customers keep streaming in during the early afternoon. Many seem to be UND students. Others seem to be people who come regularly and have their favorite dishes. They wend their way around the large service buffet, where there are 95 items. Enough, I thought, to feed any army. Most popular choices, according to John Chen, the manager, are snow shrimp and TSO chicken. The chicken with a special spicy sauce is breaded and deep fried.
Dear Sandy Mason, Tell the snowbirds you see floating around Tucson that they can rev up their motors and come home from anytime. This is a great week in Grand Forks. We are gearing up for the 10th annual Masonic-St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday. That's the day after — but who cares? The parade will start at 3 p.m. downtown. It will go about five blocks north on Third Street to Kelly's Bar. This is a free community parade open to all businesses and groups. Even pets can be in the parade. Several Shrine units will walking, sponsored by Malta Lodge 131.
Five years have passed since the email from a ''Joe Schmo'' showed up on my computer. It said my Eat Beat column in the Grand Forks Herald about the new Olive Garden in Grand Forks was pathetic. Well, okay. I thanked Joe and went to bridge club at Donna Gillig's house. When I came home, my computer was groaning in pain. The emails were flowing in. They came to my home and flowed into the Grand Forks Herald. It was reported there were 1.3 million hits, twitters and tweets online. There were calls from Jay Leno, CBS, ABC.