Dear Dave McFarlane,

It’s harvest time and the trucks are running all around Grand Forks. Whether it rains or shines, this is Potato Bowl Week.

Here’s hoping the rain holds off on Thursday. That’s when they have the big free potato feed in University Park and the fireworks at Memorial Stadium.

I know you and Kathy are all settled back in your retirement home in Ft. Myers, Fla. I am glad Hurricane Dorian has finally run its course. It didn’t come over your way, did it?

I wish you could be here for the Potato Bowl parade Saturday. It’s usually the biggest parade we have all year, you know. I love to see the bands from area schools. But this year it will travel only down University Avenue. They haven’t finished redoing the main streets downtown.

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Retired teachers

Rita Freeberg will be plenty busy this week. She’s a co-chairman of the Grand Forks Retired Teachers Association. And they are hosting the state convention starting today at the Ramada Inn.

Along with workshops, there will be tours of the ND Museum of Art, the ND State Mill and Elevator and the new UND School of Medicine building. And there’s a visit scheduled to the East Grand Forks Grape Mill Vineyard and Winery.

Actually, when you stop to think about it we do have plenty to see here in Greater Grand Forks. There’s something special about every season – even winter.

Boil, bake, fry

I don’t know whether you boil them, bake them or fry then, Dave. But potatoes are really pretty good any way. When I was growing up, it was a morning ritual for someone to peel the potatoes. Then we would boil them and mash them. Or sometimes just cut ‘em up and fry them.

On Saturday morning, the Grand Forks Rotary will hold its annual pancake breakfast at Central High. And the Sons of Norway are holding a potato pancake breakfast.

G. Paul Larson tells me there will be potato pancakes also at the Sons of Norway Saturday morning. A bunch of Norwegians will be there – including Karen and Everett Knudsvig, Don Flaagen, Chuck Gates and Jim and Sharon Holter. Then Deb Meuwissen also will be there, but her husband Bob will be helping pull the Viking boat in the parade.

It is whispered around the Sons of Norway that Deb married a German.

Well, you know how that goes, Dave. G. Paul has the Norwegian flag flying again in front of his house on Chestnut Street – as well as the flag of the USA.

Wrigley’s gum

Oh, and by the way, Dave, do you ever wonder what movies were playing in Grand Forks 100 years ago? that was when World War I was ending.

I checked that out at the library Sunday. I found that “The Life of General Pershing” was on at the Metropolitan Theatre. The Orpheum was showing “Wives of Men”. And “Just Square” was showing at the Met.

One hundred years ago in September, the Herald carried ads for a touring car or roadster for $1,295. That was at Henry Motors here in Grand Forks.

And Wrigley’s gum was five cents a package!

Best regards from your friend Marilyn eating potatoes in the Red River Valley of the North.