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Marilyn Hagerty: Everything is better with butter

Everyone knows that everything's better with butter. But not too many know where butter comes from. The mystery will be solved at 11 a.m. Saturday during the farmer's market. That's when children will be invited to join in a conga line and dance ...

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Everyone knows that everything's better with butter.

But not too many know where butter comes from. The mystery will be solved at 11 a.m. Saturday during the farmer's market. That's when children will be invited to join in a conga line and dance to music around Town Square. While they dance they will shaking cans of cream to make butter.

Molly Soeby of NDSU Extension Service says they hope to have 100 children take part.

And that's not all. Teams of 4-H members have been signing up for the "Battle of the Forks" cooking contest on Aug. 4. On the first Saturday of August, teams will be showing what they can cook with produce they buy at the market.

These are the days of summer to be remembered all winter long. Memories are flowing for graduates of local and area high schools who are getting together this weekend.

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Members of the 1968 classes of Red River and Central High Schools think back on the days 50 years ago when they were 18 years old. Cathy Wilson Rydell, now of Minneapolis, remembers the war in Vietnam and how Bobby Kennedy was shot. But she says, "Grand Forks is a great place to grow up. We love Grand Forks. We love Widman's chippers!"

About 150 from the two schools responded to 50-year reunion invitations. They have dinner scheduled Friday night at the Ramada. They look forward to music by the Cornerstones of long ago.

On Saturday, the 50th class reunion will move to Lincoln Park and later on downtown to Sky's and Blues on the Red. Sunday, they will gather at King's Walk.

Another reunion is scheduled this weekend for the class of 1963 of the former St. James High School. The informal reunion begins with a gathering tonight at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Among committee members listed are Barbara Reigstad and Barb and Dean Moen.

Snake River

There's a field of corn hunkered down by the trees along the Snake River over at Warren, Minn. And Mason Olson, who has been selling it at the farmer's market in Grand Forks, says he will stay home this weekend. After all, it's the Marshall County fair in Warren. A place to be on the last weekend of July.

He says his father, Randy Olson, tends the 5 acres of corn started by his grandfather.

Along with the fair, there's the Sky-Vu Drive-In Theatre still operating at Warren this weekend. And outdoor drive-in movies are rare in these days - as time marches relentlessly on.

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Ask Marilyn

Q. What interesting license plates have been spotted around here lately?

A. YASHUR, NDSNSET, BUTNBUT, KGSDATR, DRVRITE, HASTACK, MTRLSTC and ILUVUND.

Q. Where is the most beautiful tree in Grand Forks?

A. I would vote for the huge old Cottonwood with a triple trunk at 406 18th Ave. S. The tree is in front of the present home of Kyle and Kelli Moulds. That tree withstood the recent blast of wind from Mother Nature. It must be more than 100 years old.

Dawn and Curt

Cheerful people of the week: Dawn Botsford and Curt Sandberg.

Honorable mention: Cassie Gerhardt and Cara Halgren.

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

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