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MARILYN HAGERTY: Fine dining found at Sky's

Dear Shirley,

There's a buzz about the opening coming up Monday for Sky's Fine Dining at 322 DeMers in the heart of downtown Grand Forks. The restaurant in the building originally known as First National Bank is opening Monday. And this week, John "Sky" Manske has held a couple of trial runs with business associates and people of the community.

The response Tuesday night was, "Wow."

This elegant restaurant on the second floor has large windows on two sides, tables covered with white cloths and soft overhead lighting. There is a large bar and lounge, and the escalator carries you up from street level.

People are saying it is the finest restaurant in North Dakota. It certainly has a fine chef in Joe Hanson and an experienced, steady staff that long have been a part of Sanders.

You may remember that here in Grand Forks, we had a great steak house called the Bronze Boot. We lost that a couple years ago. We still have Whitey's, which has survived the test of time in East Grand Forks.

The opening of Sky's and the UND-NDSU football game in Fargo on Saturday is the talk of the town this week.

The news we get from your people in Arizona is that there have been shootings along the highways. I hope they can get that situation under control before the snowbirds start rolling in. I have heard them talk about problems around Phoenix last year.

The 50th annual Potato Bowl is history. The people who had the most fun seemed to be prize winners. Opp Construction was a winner for the best theme—bury those bulldogs from Drake. The man wearing the green man suit was Steve Sackett.

St. Michael's School once again won first prize for the most enthusiastic showing. And the UND Staff Senate won by showing spirit.

The first leaves of fall are beginning to drift down, and the calendar on the wall lists Wednesday as the first day of autumn. There are fall suppers coming up all around us.

The real heroes among us are the people who sign up to lead Scout troops or teach Sunday school. They are the people who step in and coach hockey and basketball teams for little kids.

I am sure that is true in Tucson, Ariz, too!

Love from your sister, Marilyn, still trying to swat Phillip, the fly still pestering us on the west bank of the Red River of the North.

P.S. I saw a couple of flocks of geese circling above the Simplot potato plant this week. They seemed to be heading south.

randomness