Dear Santa Claus,

This letter may be a little early for Christmas. I don’t know if you use a computer up there at the North Pole. And so many things are happening here in Grand Forks.

Today, for instance, they are naming the new president of the University of North Dakota. I was wondering if you could bring some new towels for the house for the president on the campus. And maybe some wood for the fireplace?

Could you stop up around Walhalla and get a Christmas tree?

All in all, life is going along fairly well in Grand Forks. The street crews did a great job of clearing snow off the streets Sunday morning. And they were still working at it Monday.

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New rug

I don’t know how good your eyes are, Santa, but I see pretty well with my glasses. And I have read in the Herald’s legal notices they will be opening bids at 2 p.m. at the City Hall today for a new football rug at the Alerus.

They really need it, Santa. Can you imagine the wear and tear on a turf full of football players?

Well, these days are full of wonder. We wonder about what gifts we still need to buy. We wonder who will be around for Christmas. We wonder if all those people who make pesky calls on the telephone will take a holiday during the holidays.

One of my recent pest calls came from Grafton. The woman’s voice asked how I was. I told her she was making me sick.

Lists, mailing

Actually, I am not sick, Santa. I have lists of things to do – mail packages, write Christmas notes, play cards. Seems like the jolly ho-ho-ho season is under way. This Sunday the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra has a concert scheduled at the Masonic Center. And the annual Christmas musicale sponsored by Thursday Music Club begins at 4 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Lutheran Church. As always, it’s as darkness gathers. For so many, it is the traditional beginning of the Christmas season.

Hockey hoopla

You can see, Santa, that the days are busy around Grand Forks. We’re all gloating over the success of the UND hockey team down in Minnesota. For the football team, it’s “wait until next year.” My favorite player this year has been Nate Ketteringham.

For the successful UND basketball teams, it’s keep going. Don’t eat too many bonbons over the Christmas break. And there is tension on campus as the first semester is wrapping up.

Don’t worry too much about me, Santa. I am happy if I have a Mr. Goodbar now and then.

Your friend, Marilyn.

P.S. In case you are wondering, Santa, the first president of UND was William M. Blackburn from 1884 to 1885. Webster Merrifield, who took the post in 1891, was there for 18 years. Longest terms were held by John C. West from 1933 to 1954 and Thomas J. Clifford from 1971 to 1992.