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No hole in one -- but he's only golfed for 60 years

Dear Shirley, July is bowing out today. You know it's August around here when the weeds grow through the cracks in the sidewalk and a few stray brown leaves start showing up on the grass. In August, the hollyhocks and day lilies come into full glory.

Dear Shirley,

July is bowing out today. You know it's August around here when the weeds grow through the cracks in the sidewalk and a few stray brown leaves start showing up on the grass.

In August, the hollyhocks and day lilies come into full glory. The gardeners are harvesting their prized potatoes, beans, peas and fresh corn. And in August, the schools start announcing plans for registration. August is when the harvest gets into full swing. And people will be doing some canning.

In a way, it's the beginning of the end, Shirley. Still, there is plenty of summer left. It won't be autumn for me until the calendar says so on Sept. 21.

I suppose September can't come quick enough for you as you deal with the heat in Arizona. And I like the way your newspaper, the Arizona Daily Star, is calling Tucson an above-average place because of the temperatures. You have long been telling me it is dry heat down there. Well, we have dry cold in the winter time, too.

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For now, I am enjoying walks with Dot.Com, the dachshund. She spent a couple of days in East Grand Forks last week with her foster parents, Mike and Bonnie Pokrzywinski, and came home very mellow. I think she likes the East Side! In the evenings, I usually walk her down Belmont Road and watch the golfers on the Lincoln Park course. They have a children's course over there now, so the youngsters can learn the game early and easily.

A lifetime sport

Golf, for sure, is a lifetime sport. And Dr. Jim Leigh here in Grand Forks is an example of that. He started out by caddying for his father, the late Dr. Ralph Leigh. He played golf when he went to high school at Shattuck School in Faribault, Minn., and he played golf for a couple of years at UND. Then, the demands of medical school kept him off the golf course.

But he got back into golfing, Shirley, and won four city championships and six championships at the Grand Forks Country Club. He won the North Central tournament here and won the division for golfers older than 55 in 1983 and 1985 in state tournaments. He wasn't done yet. He has won the division for seniors older than 75 for the past three years in the North Dakota State golf tournament. And this week, he is out at the Souris Valley Golf Course in Minot looking for a "four-peat."

I hope he wins it, Shirley, because he is just a tad younger than me and the Queen of England. And he is in his 55th year of practicing medicine in Greater Grand Forks.

People often ask him if he has had a hole in one. He says he hasn't played long enough -- just 60 years.

Robins, flowers and catfish

The robins that were nesting on my eaves trough are gone now. And when I was over in Bemidji last week, I heard people talking about the blackbirds gathering. It makes them wonder if there will be an early fall. The lake country of Minnesota is beautiful as ever, Shirley. I wish it was possible for you to get up here some time. We noticed the beautiful baskets of flowers along the streets of Bagley and Fosston, Minn.

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Love from your sister, Marilyn, looking for catfish on the west bank of the Red River of the North.

P.S. Each year on Catfish Days, my mind drifts back to the days when our dad and his friends would reel in those monstrous fish in a big net out of the Missouri River in Pierre, S.D.

P.P.S. There are three houses under construction now along 15th Avenue South near Chestnut Street and Belmont Road. I keep trying to remember the houses that were there before the flood, and I wonder what is coming up. The new houses are close to Marilyn Hagerty Lift Station 8, and I am proud my station stands ready to service those new houses.

Reach Hagerty at (701) 772-1055 or send

e-mail to mhagerty@gra.midco.net .

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