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MARILYN HAGERTY: Cold comes to Grand Forks, common cold reluctant to leave

Dear Shirley, There were a couple squirrels out in the backyard the other day chattering about whether they need to go south for the winter. And the letter carrier on Cherry Street was wearing shorts Monday as he made his rounds. But we know this...

Dear Shirley,

There were a couple squirrels out in the backyard the other day chattering about whether they need to go south for the winter. And the letter carrier on Cherry Street was wearing shorts Monday as he made his rounds.

But we know this is January and we are in North Dakota. So we are braced for a blast of cold and whatever Mother Nature has in store. I am pleased to tell you that I am on the mend. That cold I caught after Christmas lasted almost three weeks.

It makes for good conversations. Almost everyone I meet has a cold or knows someone who has one. And almost everyone has a different idea for a remedy. In the course of my research, I became very sure there is no such thing as a common cold. They are all different. There is no such thing as a universal cure.

For now, I am just trying to drink more water. And I want to make sure I get enough vitamin D. Here in the north country, we don't get the benefit of the sunshine as you do in Tucson.

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And you have had a solemn week in Tucson, haven't you? I was reading an Associated Press story about the bells tolling in your St. Augustine Cathedral as the name of the six people killed in the shooting rampage were read. It hardly seems a whole year has passed.

The students came back to the UND campus this week, and the Minnesota Gophers are coming to play hockey this weekend. I hope to get to those games as well as the women's games with Wisconsin's Badgers on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Tonight there is basketball at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. It's a rare doubleheader, with the women playing Jamestown College and the men following in a game with Valley City State.

And this is the night for "Monty Python's Spamalot" in the Chester Fritz Auditorium, Shirley. You know, it tells the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, along with things like flying cows.

There is all of this, and the Chamber dinner, too.

Well, let me know what's going on in Tucson, will you? You have been rather quiet lately. I wonder if you have seen any of our Grand Forks friends sitting in the shade of the cactus!

Love from your sister, Marilyn, enjoying January on the west bank of the Red River of the north.

P.S.: I am kind of bummed out about the Alerus Center officials banning the public from walking in the beautiful long corridors in the building. I agree with Ed Weber. He wrote a letter to the Herald saying it's a shame to cut off walking for people who enjoy it just because of a few bad apples. I guess I will have to appeal to my councilman. That would be Hal Gershman, and I would remind him I did vote for him!

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P.P.S.: The Norwegians among us are passing around a copy of a Norske fashion magazine called Kamill. In its current issue it features making lefse in America by members of Sons of Norway in Grand Forks. One of the pictures has Darlene Holien, Evelyn Hensrud and Pauline Bondy with an inscription that reads, "We don't make our lefse with 7-Up."

Reach Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or (701) 772-1055.

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