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MARILYN HAGERTY: Eight glasses of water no easy task

He told me he drinks eight glasses of water a day. I looked at Charlie Anderson, past president of the American Water Works Association, in awe. I know you should drink that much water, but I thought he might float away. Then after we chatted abo...

Marilyn Hagerty
Longtime Herald columnist Marilyn Hagerty and her review of Olive Garden going viral is the Herald's 2012 story of the year. Grand Forks Herald photo by John Stennes.

He told me he drinks eight glasses of water a day.

I looked at Charlie Anderson, past president of the American Water Works Association, in awe. I know you should drink that much water, but I thought he might float away. Then after we chatted about the wonders of water, this gentleman from Texas told me he also drinks some Diet Coke.

He likes it.

I was among a panel of media judges this week who in blind testing chose the water from Medina, N.D., as the most pleasant-tasting. I noticed that Grand Forks was among past winners of the taste test. That was in 2007.

Grand Forks water is very good, very safe. And it is considered moderately hard. Some people use water softeners. The city water is also supplied to the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

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A check with the city water treatment plant, shows the water is tested constantly. Every four hours. While the water comes from the Red and Red Lake Rivers, the main source is the Red Lake River. They say it usually is softer.

Church dinners

The weekend arrives as I stand by the kitchen sink drinking water and reading messages from readers. Even though she lives in the Twin Cities, Jan Boe says East Grand Forks is still "home" in her heart. Her city friends have no clue as to why people go to area churches for fall dinners.

She believes unless you get out and go to the fall dinners you don't really feel a connection to your heritage. She went to Pisek, N.D., for potato klub. She misses her cousin, Elizabeth Anderson, who provided the Grand Forks area with real Norwegian delicacies.

And she says nothing beats a good funeral hotdish. She thinks St. Timothy's of Manvel, N.D., would be a hands down winner if it enters the contest this evening at Tabor, Minn.

There will be hotdish at Tabor beginning at 5:30 p.m. and a haunted hayride after that.

Ghosts and goblins

Which candy to buy? What to wear for a costume? The mystery of Halloween is closing in. Legends of Terror Haunted House will unfold tonight and Saturday at the Myra Museum. And a Half Pint Haunt is set Sunday afternoon for children. ... The Grand Forks Symphony presents "Peter and the Wolf" Saturday at Empire Arts Center. ... While the Shadows Tribute Show is at the Chester Fritz.

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More than 75 area artists will be represented today in the benefit to aid Altru's Diabetes Center in the former Shangri-La Building at 4220 Fifth Ave. N. ... And UND sports fans are invited to lunch at the Alerus Center at noon. ... The Red River Trio with Mike Wittgraf performs Sunday afternoon at the Myra Museum. ... While the Heritage Village is inviting children in to celebrate Halloween on Sunday afternoon.

Sarah and Greg

Cheerful persons of the week: Sarah Effhauser, Greg Norman.

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

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