Kari Torkelson can clearly see her way from Grand Forks over to Crookston – the place where she spent her first two years of college.

And the Grand Forks optometrist was honored this week with a Torch and Shield award at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Also honored was Theresia Gillie—a Kittson County commissioner and state director of the Minnesota Wheat and Soybean Associations.

Along with area supporters, the event was attended by Joan T.A. Gabel, president of the University of Minnesota. The welcome was extended by Mary Holz-Clause, chancellor.

Although Dr. Torkelson moved on to North Dakota State and Indiana University, she has never been far away from the campus at Crookston. She played basketball and volleyball there. She finds her way back for games. She was recognized in 2001 as an outstanding alumni.

She currently is an optometrist at Lifetime Vision Center in Grand Forks. She has served on boards for North Dakota School for the Blind Services and Habitat for Humanity. And she has made mission trips to Tanzania, Jamaica and Ecuador.

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Ask Marilyn

Q. How much did a bar of Camay Soap cost when the late Hugo Magnuson opened his first store, Pure Food Market at 506 DeMers, in Grand Forks in 1939?

A. It was 5 cents. And you could get two dozen oranges for 37 cents, according to a presentation made by Jeff Westrem at this week’s meeting of the Lions Club Tuesday at the Ramada.

Q. What are sensible homeowners buying?

A. With the switch from Daylight Saving Time, it is wise to check out and buy new batteries needed for smoke alarms.

Q. What would Confucius say if he was at the hockey games this weekend?

A. He who fails to get a flu shot is silly.

Q. what are some of the license plates seen around here lately?

A. I GOT GAS, SQUEEK, IT’S A JOY, BTY BOOP, ZOMBGRL, UMPAPA, KIDDOS, JUST 15, SAXLADY. Also MARYLOU and MIKYMSE.

Jeanette and Wes

Cheerful people of the week: Jeanette Lindquist and Wes Rydell.