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MARILYN HAGERTY: Busy week ends in the dark

And then the power went out. Where oh where did I put that flashlight? Will the phone work? How do you report a power outage? These questions raced through my mind Friday morning. Today is Saturday, and the early morning wild winds and downpour o...

And then the power went out.

Where oh where did I put that flashlight? Will the phone work? How do you report a power outage?

These questions raced through my mind Friday morning.

Today is Saturday, and the early morning wild winds and downpour of Friday are history. There is something new every day as we race through June of 2016.

For the next emergency, I will try to remember: The flashlight is on the shelf in the back hallway. The trusty old phone is in the main hallway where it has been for 60 years and where it was the only phone that worked during the Flood of 1997. A note near that trustworthy old phone says to report a power failure call Xcel Energy at (800) 481-4700. Thirteen other neighbors had made that call Friday morning before I remembered the old phone and found the right number.

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Today marks the opening of the downtown Farmer's Market where you can walk around and usually find everything from pastries and jewelry to homemade soap or baby clothes. The Lions Club volunteers say they have the best burgers in downtown Grand Forks.

The revived peony show will be held this morning in the Myra Museum with the annual garden tour today and Sunday. And the season's first Art and Wine Walk will be downtown Saturday.

The days of June that we wait for all winter long are with us now. It's time to be out and about.

With grandchildren visiting, the week that was led to adventures. On a quick trip to Devils Lake we saw a mature woman park her car that bears license plate: M8REARK.

At Raphael's Bakery and Café in Bemidji, we saw more than 100 cookie jars on display. And down by the lake, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox were waiting, as always, to extend a welcome. The only trouble is that they don't look nearly as big as they used to for the grandchildren who are growing up.

Bemidji is bustling. And one of the busiest places in town is the parking lot at the Wal-Mart Store.

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It wouldn't be June without my annual letter from Debbie Johnson over by Aneta. She always writes to tell me about the turkey barbecue, which is today in the city park. They are starting the celebration early with a pancake breakfast with fun and games all day long. At 3 p.m. today there is a parade.

Then the big event-the turkey barbeque in the Aneta City Park. Debbie tells me this is the 56th year of the event. She loves the traffic in Aneta-at least for one day a year. She loves the familiar faces of people from far away and the sight, scent and taste of all those turkeys.

Debbie has fond memories of the turkey fests and the days when her father raised turkeys near Aneta.

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Mona and Nathan

Cheerful persons of the week: Mona Leake and Nathan Reitan.

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