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Marilyn Hagerty: Times change, but the ice remains the same

There are some days you always remember. And those of us who have been around the block a few times today think back to Dec. 7, 1941. That's when the Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor.

President Franklin Roosevelt went on the radio declaring a state of war existed between the United States and Japan. He called it "a date that will live in infamy."

The years go by. The joy of the Christmas season goes on.

This season there are 45 trees with Christmas decorations awaiting visitors at the Lincoln Park clubhouse. Lynne Roche, who masterminds this annual spectacle, has added a new Grinch tree this year. And there's an upside down Merry Christmas Halloween tree with the presents on top.

This weekend and next, the public is invited to drop in between 4 and 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The idea is to bring a Christmas toy or food or monetary donation. And this year, there is no problem for sleigh rides Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Santa will be there from 1 to 5 p.m. with Mrs. Claus.

Icy walks

With all the joy of the Christmas season, there is ice on the walks. Ice on the roadways. And thank goodness for aids such as Sure Foot. These non-skid Due North traction aids are sold in several stores around here — such as Home of Economy, Scheels, Hugo's.

They had their start back in 1984 when the late Carol Larson ran a dress shop in Grand Forks. She had trouble slipping on the ice. Her sons, John and Van Larson, originally developed an answer to the problem. They came up with the original Sure Foot brand of Due North traction aids. That's going on 35 years ago.

Times have changed, but icy walks are constant. It seems only fitting that a solution to slipping and sliding came about here in Grand Forks.

Hockey, hoops

The weekend arrives with Denver University here for hockey at the Ralph. And there will be a whole bunch of fourth- and fifth-grade schoolchildren at the UND women's basketball game beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

So far, this season, fans know little of the women's basketball team. They can always count on the coach, Travis Brewster, wearing an attractive necktie.

Today's ticket says the home team is playing Milwaukee. I doubt if the whole city will be here.

Ask Marilyn

Q. How much time do homeowners have to remove snow and/or ice from their premises?

A. Reading fine print of legal notices in the Herald, I see it is 24 hours. Otherwise the cost could be assessed against the property owner.

David and Lexi

Cheerful people of the week: David Molmen and Lexi Klabo.