Marilyn Hagerty: Eagle Scouts fly ahead of the pack
Dustin Martin built five wood benches for outdoor ministry at Wesley United Methodist Church. Jarom Musgrove built five new and improved donation boxes for Circle of Friends Humane Society.
They were among eight who were honored Sunday at the annual Eagle Scout luncheon for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Mayor Mike Brown, who extended congratulations at the annual awards ceremony, said he thinks this community is better for the Eagle Scouts.
Dale Sandstrom, a retired justice of North Dakota Supreme Court and an Eagle Scout since 1965, told the new Eagle Scouts he believes skills they have learned will empower them throughout their lives.
Along with Martin and Musgrove, the Eagle Scout Class of 2017 in Greater Grand Forks includes Thomas Hugo, Ryan Pilon, Tyler Hoffarth, Ian Helgeson, Gordan Isler, Timothy Dunham, Jayden Sandbeck, Dustin Martin and Jerome Musgrove.
Sandstrom told the new Eagles and their families that Scouting is important in the nation's future.
"We need to have people in government who can lead the way," he said.
Attorney Joel Arnason, an Eagle Scout since 1972, presented plaques. Robert Dusso, an Eagle with the Class of 1978, welcomed the new Eagles. And Nathaniel Semmons with the Eagles class of 2012, gave the invocation.
March means business
Around the Forks, Mother Nature once again has stepped in during March. The message seems to be that winter isn't over until it's over.
In spite of snow and wind and potholes all over Washington Street, March is full of joy. The Lamoureux twins, who have made their mark on the world of hockey, will be welcomed home to Grand Forks on Thursday evening at The Ralph. The UND hockey team will be home in post season play this weekend.