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Marilyn Hagerty: Friday the 13th can bring good or bad luck

Today around Grand Forks there are a few – if any -- worries associated with Friday the 13th. Maybe some wonder if the fish will be biting. Or if the golf course will be friendly.

Marilyn Hagerty

This is Friday the 13th of August.

Time was when Scandinavians considered a Friday the 13th as the luckiest day of a month. Today, there are some people who associate the day with bad luck.

Long gone is the advice not to step on a crack or you’ll break your mother’s back

Today around Grand Forks there are a few – if any -- worries associated with Friday the 13th. Maybe some wonder if the fish will be biting. Or if the golf course will be friendly.

All in all, the day should go well. There’s the farmer market coming up Saturday morning in the square downtown. And reports about Heritage Days in East Grand Forks.

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There’s an uneasy quiet on the UND campus. Anticipation of new year is brewing. A sense of wariness of the pesky coronavirus. And a dab of excitement along with all of the wonder.

Memories flow

Meanwhile, members of the high school classes from 50 years ago went away with memories renewed. They talked about the late Ken Towers. He coached some fantastic teams at Red River. They remembered the teams at Central High with Joe Ford leading the way.

There was ribbing going on too when Red River High School opened in the far south area of Grand Forks. Some would in jest say, “Kmart high is a discount school.”

Meanwhile there’s Heritage Days events shaping up for the weekend in East Grand Forks. There is anticipation of the traditional straw money hunt in the afternoon.

Graduation tradition

During the summer commencements at UND, there were stories in the programs about the first commencement. It was in 1889. Students met and chose the school colors – pink and green of the prairie rose.

There were essays and orations presented by each of the eight graduates.

DeAnna and Andrew

Cheerful people of the week: DeAnna Carlson Zink and Andrew Armacost.

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