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MARILYN HAGERTY: Semester, events draw to a close as UND students graduate

So far, I have counted three birds. They flit around in the pine trees in front of my house. I am hoping all of the birds around here know enough to sit still for the annual Christmas Bird Count. It's under way for the 116th season and continues ...

Marilyn Hagerty

So far, I have counted three birds. They flit around in the pine trees in front of my house.

I am hoping all of the birds around here know enough to sit still for the annual Christmas Bird Count. It’s under way for the 116th season and continues until Jan. 5.

I am not sure if the bird people count hawks. If they do, they will need to remember the UND Fighting Hawks who play women’s basketball will be busy this afternoon. They have a date at 2 p.m. in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center with the University of South Dakota Coyotes.

Those Coyotes from my alma mater are pretty good. But then again, so are the Hawks. They showed that to their fans when they handily won their game against North Dakota State University last week.

Outside the hoops game, things will be quiet on the UND campus this weekend. Hundreds of graduates carrying diplomas are going merrily on their way. Continuing students who just finished a grueling week of finals are already on holiday break.


Once again, the campus is going dark.

The bright lights will go on again on Jan. 11 when the university holds what it cheerfully calls “spring’’ orientation.

Grand Forks schools will empty out for their holiday break Wednesday. And the school bells will be ringing again Jan. 4.

Meanwhile, the joy of the season is overflowing and running down the streets. There will be a full moon on Christmas Day coming up Friday. Today in Grand Forks, the Optimist Club is wrapping gifts at Scheels in Columbia Mall.

Santa Claus is hanging around the Lincoln Golf Course Clubhouse. Lorie Line is performing at the Chester Fritz this afternoon. The 1940’s radio play “It’s a Wonderful Life” continues at Fire Hall Theatre. And “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the big draw this weekend at the movie theatres.

Color over the Red On the passing scene, the world is a smaller and sadder place with the death of Enoch Thorsgard of rural Northwood, N.D. He long will be remembered for his big white hat and his interest in the world around him. … And friends here are saddened by news of the death of Don Healy in Sarasota, Fla. Healy was a good natured community member and leader of Northern States Power before his retirement.

A multi color of lighting on the Sorlie Bridge when it was dedicated in 1929 was probably beyond the imagination of speakers. Now in this jolly ho-ho-ho season in 2015, it is possible to have color lighting the way across the Red River on the DeMers Avenue bridge. Certainly, it should be red and green now and blue and red on the Fourth of July.



Cats and dogs In Biblical days this time of year, people took their newborn to Bethlehem to be counted. In these days, people start taking information about their dogs and cats to City Hall so the pets can be licensed for the coming year.

A check in the licensing office shows an English Springer Spaniel named Albert belonging to John Shilling of Grand Forks holds the No. 1 canine license for 2016. A domestic short-haired cat named Clover is No. 1 for felines and belongs to Alexa Haugen.

Dog and car owners are asked to bring a copy of updated rabies certificate and, if needed, a certificate for spayed or neutered for pets altered within the past year.

Late this week, 156 dogs and 41 cats had been licensed for 2016.


Bill and Darlene Cheerful people of the week: Bill Palmiscno and Darlene Shea.

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