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MARILYN HAGERTY: Pressure is on for Thanksgiving prep

Polish the silver. Press the tablecloth. Sharpen the turkey carving knife. And, oh Lord, where did I leave my gloves last spring? It's the weekend before Thanksgiving. Those who aren't dealing with a turkey and cranberries at home are checking th...

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Polish the silver. Press the tablecloth. Sharpen the turkey carving knife.

And, oh Lord, where did I leave my gloves last spring?

It's the weekend before Thanksgiving. Those who aren't dealing with a turkey and cranberries at home are checking the road reports for Thursday. And history tells us the skies usually are overcast and the highways need checking this time of year.

Around Grand Forks the calendars are stuffed with pre-Thanksgiving events.

If I were a child again, I would bundle up my parents and take them to Family Day at North Dakota Museum of Art at UND this morning. Since I am no longer a child, I will zip up my jacket and head out to the Betty to watch the championship game of the volleyball tournament tonight. Hopefully, the UND Hawks will be in it. And I will take with me a trusty little radio to hear how the hockey Hawks are doing in St. Cloud.

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These days are full of wonder:

• How many bridge players were bidding No Trump?

• Is 15 or 20 percent enough to tip in a restaurant, or should it be more?

• What is the best form of exercise?

Nobody is sure how many bridge players bid trump or no trump last week. The question about tipping is ongoing.

There is one thing for sure: It's a good idea to walk 30 minutes five days a week.

That was part of the message at the session called Prevention 202 conducted Wednesday at Choice Fitness Center by Dr. Casey Ryan of Altru. And around here in winter, he said we all need vitamin D.

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Or, I guess we could get it by flying to places where the sun shines and the walks are clear of snow. One of several indoor walking places around here is the Alerus Center. There you sign in at the south entrance for walking weekdays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Georgia and Mark

Cheerful people of the week: Mark Pryor and Georgia Heitmann.

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