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MARILYN HAGERTY: School's out and summer begins

This Sunday brings a parting of the ways for seniors in Grand Forks. There will be graduation ceremonies at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Alerus Center for Central High School and at 4 p.m. for Red River. It would be rare for a graduate to remember the cl...

 

This Sunday brings a parting of the ways for seniors in Grand Forks. There will be graduation ceremonies at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Alerus Center for Central High School and at 4 p.m. for Red River.

It would be rare for a graduate to remember the class motto or the class colors. But just for the record they were royal blue and silver for Community High School seniors who graduated Thursday evening.

And the class motto is, "Each of us has different talents, different dreams, different destinations. But all have the same power to make a new tomorrow.''

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The weekend is at hand with piles of tired school supplies sitting abandoned at home and school children ready for summer fun.

For starters, there's a family fishing event coming up between 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ryan Lake. That is south of South Middle School. And it's free. We know there will be fish because the lake will be stocked with 400.

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The week that was brought the joy of tulips in bloom and peonies budding ... with rhubarb ready for cutting and the festival coming up next Saturday at University Lutheran Church.

While pumpkins don't actually cure Parkinson's Disease, a summer pumpkin growing contest will help the Altru Family YMCA Parkinson Wellness Recovery program. Patty McEnroe, who is healthy living director at the Y, has announced nine teams growing pumpkins in honor of someone impacted by the disease.

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Thoughts while smelling the lilacs: Although there was sadness as Grand Forks said goodbye this week to Nancy Stenseth, there were smiles in remembrance. She enjoyed life and friends. And her students at Red River High School always will remember her. ... Arley Ellingson was like a gentle giant as he grew up in Grand Forks and went on to spend years as a Methodist minister. The world seems smaller without him.

Ask Marilyn

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Q. What was the best license plate seen this week?

A. A car in front of a church last Sunday had one that said Godgurl. Also spotted by Mark Siegel who was down in Palm Springs for the winter: GIDDY UP and 7NTDBLD.

Q. What does it take to win Yard of the Week award?

A. I don't know. I tried so many years they once gave me an honorary award to calm me down. Congratulations go to this week to Brian and Pam Whalen at 3411 Chestnut St.

Q. Why would a person want to get up to Karlstad, Minn., this next week?

A. Well, wow! They are holding their 13th annual Kick'n Up Kountry music festival.

Kim and Laura

Cheerful persons of the week: Kim Holmes and Laura Block.

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