It seems only fitting that the East Grand Forks Class of 1958 is holding its reunion this weekend during Heritage Days. They are headquartering at the American Legion Club for informal get togethers during their 60-year anniversary. And they will attend Heritage Days events. There's a breakfast planned as a send-off Sunday morning. They are asking other classes and friends to attend their events. Chairpersons are Raanne Sullivan Wavra, Darrell Dallum and Rich and Carlyne Flatten Raymond. Moving along
The calendar on the wall tells me that Sept. 21 is the first day of fall. There's no sense going around grieving the departure of summer in the middle of August. Philip the Fly is having some of his best days disturbing people. He was at bridge club at the East Grand Forks golf course this week. He probably will be around when 77 members in the UND medical school class of 2022 recite the Oath of Hippocrates this afternoon. The event is at the Alerus Center. Football teams are out for practice. Ads are showing back to school supplies. But summer is with us.
Iris Westman doesn't pay much attention to news about President Trump. But she thinks it would be well if he could pay off the national debt. Actually, she says, she really liked Eleanor Roosevelt. "She was a wonderful lady." We talked about the days that are and those that have gone during a visit on Sunday afternoon. She lives in a room at the Deaconess Health Center in nearby Northwood, N.D. It is her world now that she is approaching her 113th birthday on Aug. 28.
Ronald, the rabbit, has taken up residence in my backyard. Ronald is fairly large. But Ronald can get under and in between fences. And Ronald has lots of relatives. I think they are having a family reunion here on Cottonwood Street. It has been going on all summer. When I called the county agent's office at the courthouse, they had nothing to say — good or bad — about rabbits. So I didn't call the police.
Once upon a time, there were dozens of stations where they pumped your gas and checked your oil. They cleaned your windshields. And you also got free trading stamps. Now in Grand Forks those full service stations have shrunk to very few. And one of them that is practically a gas station museum is looking for a new owner. Paul Helgeson is calling it quits and putting Odin's Belmont Service at 124 Belmont Road up for sale. It's not what he wants to do. It's what being hit with cancer and ill health is forcing him to do.
When you say, "Meet me at the Boardwalk," it's a good idea to say whether you mean on the deck or the main floor lounge. The Boardwalk on the Second Street restaurant row in East Grand Forks has a main floor bar and grill as well as the recently renovated deck. And in between there are banquet rooms on second floor. The menu offers a wide range of appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches and lavosh. Entrees include ribeye and sirloin steak along with chicken. And there is a porterhouse pork chop ($17) that I think will be my next dinner choice.
Everyone knows that everything's better with butter. But not too many know where butter comes from. The mystery will be solved at 11 a.m. Saturday during the farmer's market. That's when children will be invited to join in a conga line and dance to music around Town Square. While they dance they will shaking cans of cream to make butter. Molly Soeby of NDSU Extension Service says they hope to have 100 children take part.
If you needed a sateen petticoat 100 years ago, you could find 150 of them at the R.B. Griffith Store in downtown Grand Forks. And they were being offered at a sale price of 38 cents. Toilet paper was on special, too. Seven rolls for 49 cents. Those were the days during World War I. A headline in the Grand Forks Herald said the Germans were in full retreat.
It doesn't matter what time of day it is, I usually order the Oriental chicken salad ($11.99) when I visit Applebee's restaurant. But I strayed from the usual and ordered a Clubhouse sandwich on my visit early in July. This very large sandwich was far more than I could eat. I wondered why I ordered a side of onion rings because that was a tad too much. And the coating kept slipping off the onion rings.
Some come early. Others straggle in later on Saturday mornings for the downtown farmer's market. There are some things you can count on. Among the vendors, Karen will be there from Larimore with her homemade German kuchen. Charlotte Landsem of Edmore will be right next to her with her homemade lefse. And there will be people with dogs and little children. Many grownups wear T-shirts imprinted with messages such as: Daniel's Passenger Service, Wildmoon Salsa, University of ND. Also: USA, Calvin Klein, North Dakota. And one shirt last Saturday said: Coffee, a hug in a mug.