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April Fools' Day surfaces in middle of Holy Week

Dear Shirley, This old house has been full of action this week. When your nephew, Bob, came to give the Hagerty Lecture at the Herald, he brought the whole family. You see, James, 9, and Carmen, 6, are on spring break from their school in Pittsbu...

Dear Shirley,

This old house has been full of action this week. When your nephew, Bob, came to give the Hagerty Lecture at the Herald, he brought the whole family. You see, James, 9, and Carmen, 6, are on spring break from their school in Pittsburgh this week. Today, they are on the road back home again. And Carol, who flew up from Colorado to be here, is also back in the air today.

I am picking up the pieces -- you know, a stray toothbrush here, a sock under a chair. You don't go anywhere with kids without leaving at least a little trail. They left with lots of April Fools' Day jokes on their minds.

Now, I await Carrie and Anne, who are coming for Easter with their parents from Bismarck. They have never been anywhere but Grand Forks for Easter. They used to think the bunny lived here. Jack works at Perkins in Bismarck and goes to Bismarck State College, so he won't come along. He thinks he will be coming to UND next year. I have always hoped he would.

When the little grandkids were here, we went out for pizza at Mike's in East Grand Forks and Rhombus Guys downtown. One of the owners showed off the rooftop dining area. We took the grandkids over to the water park at the Canad Inn. That is their favorite place in Grand Forks ever since they first went there a couple of years ago.

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All over town, we were seeing cars with Canadian license plates. One of the Canadians in the parking lot at Target told me it was spring break in Canada. He likes the fact their dollar is riding high again.

The week started out on a sad note as friends and family said goodbye to Vonnie Goodman. She was a longtime friend and she died in Bemidji. I was thinking about the time long ago when Vonnie and Chuck came to your place in Tucson. They were such a sociable couple. Wherever Vonnie went there was fun and action. She loved the color purple, and she even had a purple bowling ball when we were in a league together.

It's sad to say goodbye. And yet it is good to remember somebody like Vonnie who brightened the way for others as she walked her path through life.

So, there is joy and there is sadness as Christians this week follow the path of Christ to the Cross. I see Ruth Ann Tuseth is playing an organ concert at 1 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church for the Thursday Music Club. The welcome mat is out for everyone.

Love from your sister Marilyn, dyeing Easter eggs on the west bank of the receding Red River of the North.

P.S. You couldn't make it up here from Tucson, but for people who are in Grand Forks this would be a good day to find out if they fit right in their cars. They could check on the safety features of driving. It's a program called CarFit going on all morning at Rydell GM Auto Center on South Washington, and it is a project of a public nursing class from UND. They asked for phone calls at (701) 772-7211.

P.P.S. I've been reading up on buying eggs this week. It wouldn't be Easter without going through the annual egg dyeing routine with the kids. I see that only eggs graded A and AA are sold for consumption. And there's not much difference between them. The important thing is to consider the storage of the eggs and the sell-by date. It's a good idea, Shirley, to open the carton and make sure none of the eggshells are cracked.

Reach Hagerty at (701) 772-1055 or send e-mail to mhagerty@gra.midco.net .

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