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MARILYN HAGERTY: A wish list for the 'good eggs'

Dear Santa Claus, Usually I write to my sister Shirley in Tucson on Tuesdays. But as you and I know, this is a week different from all the others. It is Christmas week, and you soon will be making your way down from the North Pole. I am hoping yo...

Marilyn Hagerty. Forum News Service file photo
Marilyn Hagerty. Forum News Service file photo

Dear Santa Claus,

Usually I write to my sister Shirley in Tucson on Tuesdays. But as you and I know, this is a week different from all the others. It is Christmas week, and you soon will be making your way down from the North Pole.

I am hoping you will bring some special gifts for people around Grand Forks who have been extra good this year.

Please Santa, bring a box of Widman's Chippers to Mark Brickson. He deserves something special as he retires from years of service at UND.

And will you drop off some ice skates at the UND president's house so that Ed Schafer and his wife, Nancy, can use them this winter on the English Coulee right below the house?

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Give Cathy Erickson and her band some lefse to eat while they rest up from such a busy season.

And if you have time, could you buy a new necktie for John Oncken? He will need it in January when he succeeds Kristi Magnuson Nelson as chairman of the Greater Grand Forks Chamber board.

When you sail over Lincoln Drive Park in Grand Forks, could you drop some cookies for John Ramsey and all the Lions Club members who created the Christmas wonderland there?

Retired District Judge Joel Medd could maybe use a new tennis racket. He is trying to keep up with the game he enjoys so much.

Will you ask Mrs. Santa to send along a bunch of cookies? I know Becky and Tim O'Keefe will need them when the grandchildren arrive from the Philadelphia area. You may remember they moved away when their dad, Dave Hakstol, became head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Doug Munski has been a very good citizen this year. So could you bring more candy for him to share with people wherever he goes?

Vance Taylor should probably have some Christmas breads for leading the North Dakota State Mill and Elevator through a banner year.

Don Craig is always looking for people to join his Second Wind Band at Popplers. So if you see anyone in Grafton or Langdon as you are flying over, will you talk to them about music?

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There are so many good eggs around here, Santa. I suppose we shouldn't wait until Easter to give some peanut brittle to Eric Lunn, Casey Ryan, Father William Sherman, Peg O'Leary, Debbie Storrs, Lowell Schweigert and Liz Eggers.

As for me, Santa, I am getting along okay. It would be good if you find any calcium along the way to help my crumbling hip bones.

Your friend for a long time, Marilyn.

P.S. Do you remember when I used to write you letters from the banks of the Missouri River at Pierre, S.D., during the Great Depression? Well, now I live on the west bank of the Red River of the North, and I eat too many Mr. Goodbars.

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