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Marilyn Hagerty: November says 'Winter is coming'

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Golf courses have turned into white wonderlands. Sidewalks can be slippery. November is making a statement: Winter may not be here officially, but it's just around the corner.

This will be a long weekend. Veterans Day is Sunday. It will be observed on Monday when schools are closed in Grand Forks.

And I thought Philip the Fly had gone down to Houston for the winter. But no. The Fly was spotted Wednesday at King's Walk. And he was seen the same day at Hornbacher's.

There's football Saturday when the UND team will try to finish up its home schedule with a football game at the Alerus Center. Those who are hearty will be out there tailgating before the 2 p.m. game. It would be good for the home team to end the home season creaming Portland State.

Fans will gather for a noon luncheon Friday at the Alerus Center to get the inside information on sports at UND. The luncheon is scheduled in Ballroom 5 with entrance through Door 4.

Reading in Ethiopia

People helping people has become the unwritten theme of events this time of year. On Sunday, between 3 and 5 p.m., the Ethiopia Reads Style and Garden Show will be held at All Seasons garden center.

It will feature art projects with ArtWise and science activities with Dakota Science Center and the Grand Forks Public Library. And then there's a raffle for Luciana, 2018 American Girl Doll.

All of this carries on the work of Grand Forks Friends of Ethiopia Reads. The project which was started for a former resident, Jane Kurtz, continues with leadership of Ann Porter, former principal of Lewis and Clark School.

The Ethiopia Reads project has printed and distributed more than 70,000 Ready Set Go books in four languages in Ethiopia this year.

Ask Marilyn

Q. What do you hear from Lauralee Tupa, executive director of Circle of Friends Humane Society?

A. She says there will be a silent auction at the UND Jazz Hounds concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Proceeds from the Jazz Band concert will go to animals in need.

And volunteers for Circle of Friends Humane Society will decorate 100 bags with animal designs. They are working with Meals on Wheels. And the idea is to show love and cheer for those who are homebound and in need of food for their pets.

Q. What kind of license plates have been spotted around here as winter begins closing in?

A. Readers have spotted: OBNURSE, CARRYON, THR33, R NU TOY, POLICE, GOLF PRO.

Kari and Rich

Cheerful people of the week: Kari Torkelson and Rich McFarlane.

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