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MARILYN HAGERTY: Old firefighters don't die; they just fade away

"No way," he said, "will there be a retirement party for me. I am too stubborn." So family and friends of Rod Hadland arranged the Hadland Classic Golf Tournament last Saturday. More than 100 showed up for the celebration of his 60th birthday and...

"No way," he said, "will there be a retirement party for me. I am too stubborn."

So family and friends of Rod Hadland arranged the Hadland Classic Golf Tournament last Saturday. More than 100 showed up for the celebration of his 60th birthday and 35 took part in the golf tournament at King's Walk Golf Course.

Hadland, a long time Grand Forks Fire Department Battalion Chief, was delivered to the event in a white super stretch limo. A bagpipe player and the golfers were waiting for him in vintage golfing clothes. Even the golf balls that were in the swag bags for golfers had Hadland's face on them.

It was a fitting farewell for Hadland who will be retiring soon after 26 years as a Grand Forks firefighter. He says it has been a great career. "I loved going to work."

Hadland and his wife, Debbie, are looking forward to spending time in Phoenix and near Minneapolis in retirement years. He says that will put them near their five grown children and three granddogs.

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Lamps, baskets

The weekend arrives with new students carrying lamps, wastepaper baskets and computers into their rooms at UND. . . It's Heritage Days in East Grand Forks with Kenny and the Classics providing music tonight. . .And River Cities Speedway is featuring World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series 11 tonight. . .

The second annual Rib Fest and Barbecue is coming off Saturday at Oslo, Minn.... The Farmers Market will be running again Saturday morning at Town Square. . . And an Art & Wine Walk is scheduled downtown Saturday afternoon. . .

Ask Marilyn

Q. What is the biggest happening coming up in Grand Forks this August?

A. Outside of the University and city schools coming alive, all eyes are on the first ever Grand Forks Inline Marathon. It's called Rolling on the River and it starts bright and early a week from Saturday. That's Aug. 26. This event is designed for experienced skaters as well as novices.

Q. How can a dude sign up?

A. By going online at www.gfparks.org

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Q. What is mulligatawany with lentils soup?

A. Beats me, but it is on the printed menu today at downtown Dakota Harvest Bakers.

Q. What would you do if you were looking for something to do in Grand Forks today?

A. I would put on my sunscreen and go watch the UND soccer game with South Dakota beginning at 1 p.m. at Bronson field.

Sam and Nick

Cheerful people of the week: Sam Mason and Nick McNelis.

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

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