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MARILYN HAGERTY: Chamber members pack bags for gathering

Dear Shirley, If you were a member of the Chamber of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, you would go to the airport this afternoon. That's where they are holding Business After Hours this month. You would show up between 4:45 and 7 p.m. And you wo...

Dear Shirley,

If you were a member of the Chamber of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, you would go to the airport this afternoon. That's where they are holding Business After Hours this month. You would show up between 4:45 and 7 p.m. And you would have your bag packed. You see, Shirley, there will be a drawing at 6 p.m., and one lucky couple will be flying directly out to Phoenix/Mesa for the weekend on an Allegiant Airlines flight.

Wowie! What a prize. And I guess there is even more. They say four individual round trip tickets will be given away as door prizes to any Chamber member in attendance. These are courtesy of Delta and United Airlines.

This event is being hosted by GFK Airport Authority in the upper level of the Byron L. Dorgan Terminal.

Well, if I won, I would come to visit you. I haven't been down there for a few years. I had a phone call from a reader this week, and he wanted to know if I had ever been to Tucson!

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I should smile and say I have! We used to come visit you every year in March. We would arrive with three kids and golf clubs and swimming suits. And you and Frank would have the welcome mat out. Your house used to be the gathering place. It is sad to think of the fire that burned it down and forced you to move.

Life is like that, Shirley. Sometimes cruel. We just take what we have and make the best of it.

And there's always something new. A couple weeks ago, I was commenting that I had never been inside Denny's. That's a bar you may remember seeing over on South Washington Street.

Well, darned if a reader didn't come to my aid. Sue Molstad invited me to join her and some friends over there. So I parked and walked boldly into a bar scene complete with pool tables. The people were very friendly. And I met Linda. That's Linda Uglem who manages the place for the owners, John and Del LaMoine.

Linda likes to play Scrabble when she is off duty. When she's at work, she is pretty busy. She's been at Denny's for 38 years.

The place was started by the late Denny LaMoine in 1950.

So it was one of the new places when we moved up here from Minneapolis in 1957.

Hope all is well with you, and I send my love from the west bank of the Red River that should soon be flowing north again.

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Your elder sister, Marilyn

Reach Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or (701) 772-1055.

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