The third weekend of August arrives with tomatoes and corn coming in from the gardens. There is talk of football. And there is a sound of school bells in the background.

This weekend, the law school at UND is coming to order. And the Grand Forks Public Schools have put out in the small print a bid for snow removal.

But summer isn’t over until it’s over. There are reunions for Red River and Central High School classes tonight and Saturday.

A combined gathering of the classes of 1989 begins at 7 p.m. at the Broken Drum. It continues Saturday evening at Shotgun Sally’s. And there will be a picnic with food trucks on site beginning at noon Sunday in Lincoln Park.

Also gathering at noon Saturday in the park will be members of the Grand Forks Central Class of 2009. For them, graduation might seem like yesterday. Now they stop to wonder where the 10 years have gone.

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Music makers

Out front this week in the parking lot at Poppler’s music store, there was a car with a license plate reading MUZKMKR. Inside, the store’s auditorium was full of teachers from the area listening to a band playing new music.

There, I found out that the owner of the car with great license plate with Liz Haraseth, musical director for the school at Munich, N.D.

Tuesday was the first day of new music reading clinics for area band teachers.

On Wednesday, new choral music was presented. On Thursday, the focus was on new elementary music and materials.

Steve Ragan, among the band directors attending, has been at his work for 32 years at Valley-Edinburg School. He has had 50 students from fifth to 12th grade in band and 75 in choir.

Also among band teachers gathered to look and listen was Stacey Searle and her sister, Jenny Loer. Searle directs the band at East Grand Forks Senior High. Loer has the band at Central Middle School.

The New Music Reading clinic draws teachers from a wide area. They work with guest clinicians.

Denny and Annella

Cheerful people of the week: Denny Elbert and Annella Winger.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or call 701-772-1055.