The days we dream of in January are here in July.

There are people on every golf course, swimming suits on all the children and a few backyards have faced the question of whether to keep chickens in Grand Forks.

Lately, City Hall seems at least at peace with chickens. My city commissioner didn’t ask me what I thought of chickens on Cottonwood Street. And I didn’t make a phone call either. But once down in Pierre, S.D., where my family kept chickens, I was attacked by a red rooster -- a Rhode Island Red. They can be rather assertive

Summer brings all sorts of thoughts. Some Norwegians among us have been hitting up the Norwegian fare in July. They are eating lefse with pineapple.

So far, things seem to be going well out at UND even though construction seems to be a constant situation. President Andrew Armacost threw out a decent ball for Grand Forks when he had his day in the sun at a Minnesota Twins game.

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It’s a long while before hoops time – but UND women coaches are making hay while the sun shines. Rakiyah Beal has chosen to come here from Detroit to play as a basketball guard, a six-foot guard.

There’s music in the air, but music and parades took time off during the past year of coronavirus. The third and last season concert by the Grand Forks City will be coming up in another week on July 22. It will be played at 7 p.m. at the Grand Forks Historical Society.

It will only the third concert played this summer in the gazebo on the grounds of the Grand Forks County Historical Society. The band has played for Memorial Day and for dedication ceremonies for Sertoma Park.

The city band practices from 7 p.m., to 8 p.m. on Mondays at Poppler’s music store located at 17th Avenue South and South Washington Street office building.

Mike and Kay

Cheerful people of the week: Mike Elsberry and Kay Derry