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Hockey Day: An idea long overdue for Grand Forks

The 2006-07 schoolyear reaches the half-point at the end of school today in Grand Forks. It's the end of the first semester, and students will have a day off for staff development Monday, which just happens to be Martin Luther King Day. UND stude...

The 2006-07 schoolyear reaches the half-point at the end of school today in Grand Forks. It's the end of the first semester, and students will have a day off for staff development Monday, which just happens to be Martin Luther King Day. UND students, barely back from the holiday break, will have another day off Monday for Martin Luther King Day.

Meanwhile, hockey is king, queen and everything in Grand Forks this weekend. Holding Hockey Day on Saturday is an idea whose time has been long in coming. It seems like a natural in Grand Forks. Here's hoping it will become an annual event.

Meanwhile, the first real winter weather is due this weekend. Color us blue. And color us bulky as real North Dakotans dig out their long johns. The time has come for caps and hats because body heat escapes from the head. And it's time to remind youngsters not to stick their tongues on flagpoles or other metal while outdoors.

The last of the Christmas decorations are being packed into storage boxes. The clutter of the holidays is disappearing. And though it is early for rummage sales, a couple of good causes are asking in January for your clutter. One is the Red River High School Choir and Band because 110 students are planning to be performing in Norway on May 17, which is Syttende Mai, the Norwegian Freedom Day. In order to get there, they have several projects going on to raise money.

One of them is a rummage sale on Saturday, Jan. 27. It will be held in the Commons area of the school. The musicians are asking for donations at that time. Or you can call 775-2781 and parents helping the cause will make a pick-up.

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The Red River choir is directed by Brad Sherwood. The band director is Bruce Morlock, and Chris Larsen directs the jazz band.

Another rummage sale on the last Saturday of January will be going on in tandem with the Red River event at Calvary Lutheran Church. People cleaning out in January are invited to bring their used stuff to help the annual mission trip by church members to Honduras.

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Pucks fly

The weekend arrives with hockey pucks flying, and UND Sioux fans are invited to a luncheon at noon in the Alerus where the talk by hockey coaches will give insights on the weekend games with Alaska Anchorage. . . . Meanwhile, the Sioux basketball teams will be playing in the Dakota Dome at the University of South Dakota on Saturday evening. . . . The International Midget Hockey tournament is under way in rinks all around the Forks. . . . You can see Monster Trucks today and Saturday at the Alerus Center. . . . And "Everything for Weddings and Proms" is showing Sunday at the Alerus. . . . There's also a Bridal Showcase on Sunday at the Best Western Town House. . . .

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Ask Marilyn


What happens if you put a quart of milk in the freezer? It just quietly freezes and when you take it out it thaws out just fine. Why would you want to freeze milk?
If you go on a trip, you don't have to stop at the grocery store on your way home.

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So smile

Cheerful person of the week: Tarek Howard. Runner-up: Tim Skarperud.

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

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