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MARILYN HAGERTY: Diplomas, white coats take center stage at UND

They come and they go. UND students who pass this way make life lively and meaningful in Grand Forks. Today, more than 430 students are eligible for graduation with ceremonies set for 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Sixty-five first year ...

They come and they go. UND students who pass this way make life lively and meaningful in Grand Forks.

Today, more than 430 students are eligible for graduation with ceremonies set for 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Sixty-five first year medical students will get their white coats and begin their journey to become physicians.

They will recite the Oath of Hippocrates, an ancient vow to uphold the principles of their profession.

It doesn't matter whether or not it rains this evening because the picnic for the new medical students and their families will be held indoors. There are 35 men and 30 women in the new class. And the majority -- 78 percent -- are from North Dakota.

Slither, crawl, hop

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The weekend arrives with a chance to take in a short frog call session Sunday afternoon at the Rydell Refuge near Mentor, Minn. Friends of Rydell Refuge Association intern Adriana Casillas will host a session on native frogs, snakes and turtles. So anyone interested is invited to slither, crawl or hop to Rydell National Wildlife Refuge visitor center. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. You reach the refuge by turning near a large grain elevator 2 miles east of Mentor and following the signs 3 miles south. The staff says it is well marked.

Adrienne Wellman, the juneberry pie lady from Cavalier, N.D., says she will be back at the Farmer Market in Town Square on Saturday morning. She has been missing for a while because of deaths in her family, but she has the help of two sons, Charlie and Paul Jr., and is back in the business. This is Arts Weekend at Turtle River State Park. And "Rent" continues with great reviews tonight and Saturday and again next Wednesday through Saturday int downtown Empire Arts Center.

The cars will be off and running tonight at River Cities Speedway ... And there's a 20th year class reunion set for the Class of 1991 at Central High School ... Those who are out and about in the area will find the WE Fest country music festival near Detroit Lakes, Minn., and a summer Festival at the International Peace Garden near Dunseith, N.D. ... And the Grand Forks Public Library is setting Legos out for families to enjoy on the first Sunday of the month.

Ask Marilyn

Q. Can you freeze herbs?

A. Yes, you can. I picked up some information at the gardendwellers farm at Churchs Ferry recently that says to rinse the herbs in cold water and blanch in boiling, unsalted water for 50 seconds. Cool quickly in ice water, package and freeze. Dill, parsley, chives and basil can be frozen without blanching.

Q. Is it possible to make coconut fudge balls without chocolate?

A. That's what Beth Karol up at Roseau, Minn., is wondering. She picked up a Sharon Lutheran Church cookbook at the flea market in Roosevelt, Minn. In it she found this great recipe for coconut fudge balls she wants to try. The only trouble is there is no mention of chocolate. She sent me an SOS. I am sending it on to readers.

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Daniel and Sasha

Cheerful people of the week: Daniel Dutot, Sasha Yearwood.

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

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