The weekend arrives with hearts and flowers and rabbits in the backyard hunkered down or chartering trips to Florida.

The time has come for measuring the depth of the ice on the Red River. Spring has not returned, but the weekend brings hockey to the Ralph and a promise of football games without tailgating to the Alerus.

Golf, they tell us, is just around the corner. But these days we are living in what seems to be a crazy, mixed-up world. You wonder what schoolchildren of today will tell their children about the winter of 2021.

Giving Hearts

There is reason for rejoicing and for faith in the future. Some of it is with Giving Hearts Day that finished up this week. It’s sponsored by NDAD – North Dakota Association for the Disabled -- with offices in Grand Forks. The association is there when people are in need of help – maybe a brace or maybe a wheelchair. And the services are available throughout the state with offices also in Minot, Bismarck and Fargo.

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The association gains support from the Giving Hearts drive, which helps to extend giving all year round. The organization was founded 46 years ago with money from charitable gaming. And the one general fundraising goes on each year.

The program is always there – lending help. And it is giving hope and security in times like this.

Peace of winter

There comes a time when it’s 20 degrees below zero outside that a person gains patience from looking in the mirror. You ask, “Why do I like winter?”

And you tell yourself, “Life would be boring without the changing seasons.”

It is invigorating. It is cozy at home. There is peace and even beauty. There is hot chocolate. There are rosy cheeks. Ice skates and sleds. There are books to read. And without winter, there would be no joy in waiting and watching for spring.

Filip and Cindy

Cheerful people of the week: Filip Rebraca and Cindy Dahl.

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