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Marilyn Hagerty: Time for snowbirds to fly home

Dear Snowbirds,

It is with arms spread wide and smiles on our pale white faces, we are ready to welcome all of you back home. It is safe now for you to start pulling up stakes and head north from Texas, Florida or Arizona. Yes, even Mexico! There is nothing more beautiful than watching spring arrive in the Red River Valley of the North.

Here in Grand Forks, the mountains of snow are shrinking. But the streets have potholes.

The Herald has reported the North Side Dairy Queen is open. That is a sure sign of spring. And the Grand Forks calendar dutifully marks Tuesday of next week as the first day of spring.

Meanwhile, there will be a stream of UND hockey fans heading to St. Paul this weekend for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference games.

There still is a glow around Grand Forks as we celebrate the fantastic success of the Lamoureux twins. They light up Grand Forks just as they lit up the skies in South Korea with their winning goals in the 2018 Olympics.

But I am sure you winter travelers know all about that.

This is spring break week at UND. The campus is quiet. Some students I talked with were heading for faraway, sunny places. Most of them seem to be heading home.

Just as there is joy, there is sorrow in Grand Forks. Friends here have learned of the death of Joyce Pond. She and her late husband Bill Pond moved to Bemidji after they retired. He was a city band and Central High band director. She excelled as a flute teacher.

And the many friends here of Shirley Bostrom are saddened by her death. She was a smiling, happy community leader and a winner of the Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year award.

Yes, there are joys and there are sorrows. And we move on.

Your friend, Marilyn, watching the snow shrink and the water run down the drains on Cottonwood Street.

P.S. The children still are running their sleds down the dike along Lincoln Park. And my lift station has come through winter in good shape over there at 15th Avenue and Belmont Road.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.