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Marilyn Hagerty: Hey, Mother Nature, it's spring

Dear Mother Nature,

This is the first day of spring, but I don't think you have been looking at your calendar. Still, they say mothers know best. Maybe you have some reason for holding back on sunshine and flowers.

Don't you think this winter has been long enough already?

This is the day I was going to tell the snowbirds it's safe to come home. Now I think those

who winter in Arizona should pack up this week and wait to start home next week. Maybe those who keep warm in Florida should check out a few more Twins games down there.

After all, Easter isn't until the first Sunday of April. And the rustling we hear this week will be the palms going out to churches for Palm Sunday.

There will be walleye cooking on all cylinders this Friday as the Christian season of Lent is drawing to an end. It's "wait until next year" for the UND hockey team. And the biggest gathering in town this weekend might be at the Home and Garden Show at the Alerus.

Oh, there is spring in the air, Mother Nature. Still, most of us are pretty careful driving down South Washington Street. And we wiggle around to avoid the big potholes on University Avenue.

Scouts Out

Come ice, slush or potholes, people around the Forks still are doing good deeds. The Scouts are holding their annual spring food drive. They are going around with informational door hangers this week. They will be back Saturday to pick up donations.

And at nearby Michigan, N.D., the community Easter Cantata will ring out at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday evening and again at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. "Shadow of the Cross" involves 33 area musicians. It is directed by Amy Jo Paukert.

Potato dumplings

That's not all, Mother Nature. Those people of Polish descent are cooking up potato dumplings called kluski and making sausage they call kielbasa. All those specialties for the 13th annual food festival Saturday afternoon in Minto, N.D.

There's a glow along Interstate 29 just south of Grand Forks. People around Hillsboro and Central Valley schools long will remember the three-point shot by Ryan Troftgruben. It dropped through with the closing seconds ticking down on the time clock. It gave them a 73-71 win for their second State B Basketball Tournament in a row.

Best wishes from your curious friend on the west bank of the Red River of the North, Marilyn.

P.S.: I was just wondering if you as Mother Nature are married to Father Time?