When he taught school in Grand Forks, Ron Oltmanns learned how to keep warm In the winter time.

Now that he lives in Las Vegas, I asked him how he keeps cool out there in the summer time. What does he wear?

He came back with this answer: “I assume you mean what do we wear in public. Actually our routine isn’t that much different than in Grand Forks during the cold of winter – in some ways. Right now, we hurry from the house air conditioning to the car air conditioning.

“Clothing between these destinations would be much different. No long underwear, mittens, bomber hats or boots as you use in the winter time. Here just shorts and T-shirts and a head covering of some kind.

“It hasn’t been too bad this past week, but recently we matched the all-time high with a 117 . . . the same day it was 130 in Death Valley. And that challenged the highest temperature ever recorded on earth,’’ Oltmanns said. There’s a local company that donates $100 to a charity every time the temperature gets to 100. That fund was up to $3,700 last week.’’

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Days are precious

Meanwhile, July is beginning to slip away. The days are precious with swimming pools busy, golf courses full. The Twins keep losing, but the Whiskey Jacks are rather interesting as a ball team in Grand Forks.

There is hope that the Canadian visitors will be coming back across the border by mid-August. And the road will be open to Winnipeg will be open for Americans who are vaccinated on Aug. 9.

Before the “back-to-school” chorus starts, there is a need to preserve the joys of summer.

Perhaps Mayor Bochenski should ban back to school talk until he talks it over with a team of second graders.