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Elizabeth is ready to velkommen Ole home

Ole has been missing for a couple of weeks now, and Elizabeth Anderson is at her wit's end. You see, she loves Ole - even though he has a red wart with a whisker sticking out of it on his big nose.

Ole has been missing for a couple of weeks now, and Elizabeth Anderson is at her wit's end. You see, she loves Ole - even though he has a red wart with a whisker sticking out of it on his big nose.

Ole is a Norwegian troll carved out of wood. He had a place right in front of Elizabeth's door in the Roosevelt Apartments on Cottonwood Street. He always was there to welcome her when she came home. She loved him even though he is not handsome. She didn't care that he was short and stubby.

Some people will remember Ole sitting on the counter of Bit of Norway food place in the old City Center Mall. Elizabeth's sister had given Ole to her for the grand opening of her shop. Well, when the floodwaters rolled in 10 years ago this spring, Ole went floating to the north end of the mall. He spent several days staring out of the window at all of the damage on DeMers Avenue and north Third Street.

Workmen who were cleaning up after the flood locked Ole in a jewelry kiosk and kept him until Elizabeth's son could go down and bring him home. Ole then spent the summer drying out. Ole held a Norwegian velkommen flag and he was so faithful as he waited for Elizabeth. She says everyone needs someone who cares. And Ole was there for her.

She hasn't resorted to ransom notes, but she is hoping every day to get him back.

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So, please, if anyone has seen Ole or knows of his whereabouts, please do the right thing. See that he gets home. Elizabeth really misses him.

Whazzup?

Dyana Beaton is feverishly Googling information to use as emcee for the Sioux fan luncheon at noon today in the Alerus. . . . She will introduce men's hockey coach Dave Hakstol, who will, in turn, talk about the weekend series between the UND Sioux and the Bulldogs from Minnesota-Duluth. . . . With any kind of luck, Scott Sandelin, the Bulldog coach who used to be with the Sioux will be around, too. . . . The 42nd Street Band, directed by Ken Hallgrimson, will play. . . . Fridays are for wearing Sioux green. . . . Meanwhile, the Sioux basketball teams are heading down Interstate 29 to the University of Omaha-Nebraska where they will play Saturday. . . . Various weathermen have been saying it will be warmer this weekend, but the band playing for the party at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center after Saturday's hockey game is known as 32 Below. . . . East Region high school hockey is under way in Ralph Engelstad Arena. . . . And students in East Grand Forks are having a couple days off school, including Presidents Day on Monday when UND will also have a holiday. . . . The Moscow String Quartet will be in concert Sunday afternoon at North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus. . . . You can learn how to prevent diabetes at a presentation Sunday afternoon at Parkwood Place by Dr. James Brosseau, medical director of Altru's Diabetes Center. . . . They are holding the 10th annual Great Backyard Bird Count around here this weekend, and one can only hope the pigeons will sit still long enough to be counted. . . .

Meanwhile, Sioux-Per Hockey Fans are making arrangements for a bus trip to St. Cloud for the hockey series March 2-3. . . . If you want to get aboard, call Gerri Solberg at (218) 791-9123. . . .

Let us B

There's a car around Grand Forks with the license plate PEEKER and another one with LET US B. Seen heading into the parking lot of the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center before a basketball game: SEAY. (Must know Alys Seay of the Sioux women's team). Then there is STOLIN on a black truck and PA & GRAM on another car. Also seen: IM GMA (I'm Grandma?) and MN TWINS on a red car with a North Dakota plate. Another good one: B36 GUNR. And spotted by an extra pair of eyes: CALI 4 AN (Californian).

Jay and Ginny

Cheerful person of the week: Jay Haley. Runner-up: Ginny Eelkema.

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Reach Hagerty at mhagerty@gfherald.com or at 772-1055.

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