Philip the Fly went into hiding this week. And I am not sure whether the little pest will be out and about again for tailgating before the UND-Montana football game Saturday. Juanita the Wasp has packed her bags for another year.

But UND fans will be out for football and hockey this weekend. And they will gather for lunch Friday at the Alerus to talk about it. The snow should be melting in order for all the ghosts and goblins to keep getting ready for Halloween.

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After all, they already are making their appearance on 18th Ave. S. - just off Cherry Street. And this may be the scariest spot in Grand Forks.

On this short stretch of 18th Avenue are two families who don't just decorate for Halloween. They go overboard.

Debbie Dekkers at 608 18th Ave. S. says she and her husband, Jack, have been doodling up their front yard before Halloween for 18 years - following suit of neighbors Kelly and Steve Nelson across the street. She's says it's fun. And she thinks last year they had at least 1,200 people dropping by before Halloween to take a look.

This week, they were busily brushing snow off their Halloween display.

Joy and sorrow

There is the joy of the Applefest Saturday morning at the Presbyterian church. There also is sadness as friends gather at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning at United Lutheran Church to pay final respects to Dr. Homer Rovelstad.

With his wife, Phyllis, he was well known and was a dentist in Grand Forks. He led the way in fluoridation of water systems. He was a lifetime supporter of UND. Even as his health failed, he would get to the games. And always, he had a little smile and a joke to share.

Ask Marilyn

Q. What are some of the license plates spotted around here lately?



Rudy and Gloria

Cheerful people of the week: Rudy Robles and Gloria Sanford.