Buy cranberries, pumpkin for pie, turkey. Dry some bread for dressing. Need some celery. Sharpen knives. Find the tablecloth. Call Tillie and Egbert. Check with Juanita. Make sure who is coming for Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, and don't forget to sign up to ring bells for the Salvation Army. Take the kids downtown at 9 a.m. Sunday morning so they can see the national Christmas tree make a whistle stop on its way from Montana to Washington, D.C.
The next time I go to dinner at Giuseppe's, I think I will order the spinach ravioli ($16). It's a house made ravioli stuffed with butternut squash, ricotta and Parmesan cheese. And it's tossed in Alfredo sauce. The menu at the small downtown Grand Forks restaurant is clear, uncluttered and to the point. I enjoyed the meatballs marinara ($15) on a recent visit to Giuseppe's with Debbie Storrs (DS) and her husband John Mihelich (JM).
So, we have seen it. The first snow of the season on Thursday was wet, wild and chilly. To cheerful people, it was beautiful. To the grumps, it was cold and disgusting. Some people called their travel agents, demanding, "Get me out of here." Others with smiles on their faces looked around for sleds and hockey sticks.
The weekend arrives with hockey at UND and the football team in California for a Saturday game at UC Davis. Oh, and the UND volleyball team never seems to rest. There is another game with Eastern Washington going on at 11 a.m. at the Betty on Saturday. And at The Ralph at 7:07 p.m. Saturday, the Manitoba Moose will meet up with the North Dakota Hawks. Bubba's brother, Lowell Schweigert, will emcee the meeting of fans today. That begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Alerus Center. ---
The menu is extensive, stretching way beyond pizza with subs and Mexican food. There is seating for more than 100 in the large, relatively new DaRoos restaurant in downtown Fosston, Minn. And three of us found a lunchtime adventure in the spacious restaurant. It's a second DaRoos restaurant for Jamie and Amanda Grover, who also operate DaRoos in Bagley. And they are shooting for a November opening for their third DaRoos at 102 Second Ave., in downtown Crookston.
Dear Ron Oltmanns, I don't know what cooks your goose. A lot of things cook mine. Anyone who wants to find out about cooking a real goose could go over to Middle River this Saturday evening. I know you are living way out in Las Vegas now. That means you couldn't make it. I was hoping to go over, but I am afraid of hitting a deer on the way home.
Leaves are floating down. Wasps are making their last rounds. And the calendar says this is the first day of autumn. UND sports fans are meeting at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Alerus Center in anticipation of football Saturday—Military Appreciation Day. Fans are hoping the home team will make right what went wrong last Saturday in Vermillion, S.D., where South Dakota Coyotes hang out. The "to do" lists are long when summer gives way to autumn. Rake leaves, put boats away for winter, dig out jackets.
Devils Lake, N.D.—It sits as a remnant of the past, and the Ranch Steakhouse flourishes in these days of chains and fast food restaurants. It was the destination when I went with my niece, Joanne Jensen (JJ) on a September outing. There at the Ranch, we found dinners of walleye and roasted pork served in a upscale dining room with rich wooden walls and fresh flowers on the tables. We talked about the days of supper clubs such as the Bronze Boot and the River Bend—now long gone from the scene around Grand Forks.
Dear Emerson, My own children grew up and moved away, so I am glad to have friends like you around Grand Forks. I got your letter the other day. It's good to know you are now in third grade at Discovery School. You say your teacher, Mrs. Thompson, is super nice. And you have five new kids in your class. Your new playground equipment sounds good. Yes, I should drop over and try it out!
Their hats are big. Their new uniforms are black and silver. And the UND Pride of the North marching band will lead the way when the Potato Bowl parade rolls down University Avenue Saturday. Seems like only yesterday Rob Brooks came to Grand Forks. But it has been 20 years since he started down the rocky road to save the marching band. This year he has 140 players playing the school song, "Stand Up and Cheer." Then there's "Fight On UND" and "It's For U, North Dakota U."