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THAT REMINDS ME: UND, 1983 -- 'Beacon Over Our Western Land'

The 100th year of UND was celebrated here at the end of February 25 years ago. The 1983 centennial celebration included a 60-minute "stage spectacular" in the Chester Fritz Auditorium titled "Beacon Over Our Western Land." The pageant traced the ...

The 100th year of UND was celebrated here at the end of February 25 years ago. The 1983 centennial celebration included a 60-minute "stage spectacular" in the Chester Fritz Auditorium titled "Beacon Over Our Western Land." The pageant traced the history of the state university from its founding in 1883.

Shirley Goodwin was pageant chairwoman. The script was by Joan Eades, and Doug Fosse was the director.

President Thomas Clifford portrayed himself in the historic pageant. A community reception at the Grand Forks Civic Auditorium was sandwiched in between performances. Entertainment was provided by the Varsity Bards and UND's Women's Chorus. There was a showing of the UND Centennial film and dancing to the music of Dick King and his Classic Swing Band.

Earlier in February, Herald sports editor Virgil Foss raised a question in his column. He asked how many tickets would be sold for the hockey series here with Minnesota if there was unlimited seating capacity in UND's Winter Sports Center. The answer was, "Probably 2,000 more than the 6,000 it was possible to seat." That was according to Jerry Kvidt, athletic business manager at UND.

At that time, hockey fans would never have dreamed of the magnificent Ralph Engelstad Arena, which today seats 11,500 and is usually sold out. The bad news was that the Gophers won here both nights, sweeping the Sioux.

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In other news, the Palace Cafe at 6 N. Third St. downtown was closed by Jeanette Sersland. She had carried on operating the longtime family restaurant for seven years. However, she also operated Jeannie's Cafe on Washington Street.

Although there was one closing downtown, another eating facility was planning to open in March. Bonzer's announced plans to serve 11 different sandwiches, salads and homemade soups along with beer and wine at 13 N. Fourth St. Jon Bonzer, proprietor, was a native of Long Beach, Calif.

Other happenings here 25 years ago:

-- The Grand Forks Central High School hockey team, then called the Redskins, won their 19th state title in overtime against the Red River Roughriders. Jade Gilbertson scored the winning goal.

-- Herald headlines told of falling oil prices and the threat to North Dakota oil revenue. Norby's bought an adjacent building with plans for expansion downtown. Other stores downtown included Osco Drug, Bill Larson Co., and Valley Bank.

Albertson's supermarket moved into a location at Columbia Road and 32nd Avenue South. King's Shoes was running in the Town and Country Shopping Center. And Dayton's was well entrenched in Columbia Mall.

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Names in the news 25 years ago in February:

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-- Don Loeslie of Warren, Minn., was elected president of the National Wheat Growers Association.

-- Jeffrey Whalen received the Eagle Boy Scout rank in a ceremony at St. Michael's Catholic Church.

-- Mr. and Mrs. Jon Bonzer were at home at 322 Belmont Road after their Jan. 21 marriage in Grace Lutheran Church, Fargo. She was the former Cindy Woodward, Fargo.

-- State Sen. Raymon Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, drove himself from the State Capitol in Bismarck to a hospital where doctors found the cause of his trouble to be his appendix. They removed it.

Shortly thereafter, Holmberg asked visiting colleagues from his hospital bed, "Are they killing any of my bills?"

-- Laurie Steinbar and Joel Arnason announced their engagement and plans for a July 30 wedding in Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

-- Melanie Endrud and Peter Hoistad announced their engagement and plans for their wedding in Fargo Oct. 1, 1983. She was a senior at UND, and he was a 1982 graduate working as an accountant for Brady Martz & Associates.

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