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UND gets new president, City Band gains trombone player

Dear Shirley, When Robert Kelley applied for the job of UND president, he didn't say much about playing the trombone. But by golly Shirley, he does. He claims he plays well enough not to embarrass himself. Don Craig, director of the Greater Grand...

Dear Shirley,

When Robert Kelley applied for the job of UND president, he didn't say much about playing the trombone. But by golly Shirley, he does. He claims he plays well enough not to embarrass himself. Don Craig, director of the Greater Grand Forks City Band, said he is a good player.

So, tonight, if nothing happens to change his plans, Kelley will be playing with the City Band in its concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Myra Museum Gazebo. He was at rehearsal last Thursday.

The band has a roster of 75 people, but they aren't all on hand for each performance. Some live out of town. Some are students who are here part time. Some have jobs that take them out of town, you know, Shirley.

Tonight, the band will salute American veterans, and it will feature two trumpet soloists. Barb Schauer will perform an old hymn, "Psalm 42," dedicated to fallen Americans. And Herb Thomson will perform "A Bugler's Holiday."

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As a prelude to the band concert, there will be a performance by an Irish music group. They entertain regularly at Whitey's in East Grand Forks and are known as Castleisland.

Goodbye, Dennis

This is a bittersweet week in Grand Forks as family, friends and co-workers said goodbye to Dennis Page on Tuesday in Sharon Lutheran Church. They didn't close the library during the funeral for Dennis, who had been the director for 40 years. The staff said he would have wanted it that way. He was a stickler for staying open during posted hours.

I think they were right. Dennis put library patrons first; it was hard for me to go into the library last week knowing he wasn't in his office. But the library will go on, and it will be better because of the tradition left by him. He had faith in long-time staff members. He always was interested in new technology. At his last board meeting, he said he realized the library needs new carpeting. But he said he would like to tend to many other needs.

Dennis was a low key kind of guy. He spoke almost in a whisper. I used to kid him about having a name like Page and working in a library.

When Dennis came here in 1968, a great debate was brewing about where to build the new library. The old Carnegie library was too small, and parking was not available

downtown. The board, with the late John Shaft as chairman, felt the south-end location was the only way to go. I remember that late board members Dode Hansen and Helen Woutat were left to choose the brick that was used. Dennis respected their decision.

The present library has served well, but it is 36 years old, and times have changed, Shirley. The new director and the board will have to figure out what route to take. Board President Susan Mickelson has been asked to set up a planning committee for the library. I am glad memorials to Dennis are being directed to Friends of the Library, who do so much to enhance services there.

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I know you like to go down to Green Valley, Ariz., and use the library there, Shirley. There's nothing as relaxing and enriching as spending time in the library -- whether you are reading or going online.

The Grand Forks Fair is on now and runs through Sunday. And the SPA show, "Oklahoma," opens tonight in Central High School for a four-night run. And "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" is finishing its run tonight in Fire Hall Theatre. People who attended the opening show said it was great, though risque, and the casting was perfect.

Do you have any summer theater events on the western edge of Tucson, or do you all stay under your floppy sun hats?

Love from your sister, Marilyn, enjoying July on the west bank of the Red River of the North.

P.S.: Dot.Com, the black and white dachshund puppy, is settling into a routine around here. She eats and sleeps and runs around the backyard. She goes bananas when I pick up the leash to take her for a walk in the evenings. This morning I looked out in the kitchen, and she was on top of the table. I said, "Bad dog," and reminded myself to push in the chairs.

Reach Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.

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