Getting back to normal – whatever that is. Somehow after the holidays, there is a yearning to get back to everyday living.

Around the Forks, people are packing away the paper, the boxes, the trees, the lights.

They are exchanging gifts that went wrong and enjoying gifts that were just right. They say Santa stopped at Simonson’s on the north end of Grand Forks as he headed back to the North Pole.

We move boldly into the year 2020. Kari Torkelson, a local eye doctor, says this is the year of the eye. Yep, it’s 20-20.

Around the Forks, the first weekend of 2020 brings hockey and hoops. There’s a UND fan luncheon set for 11:30 a.m. today in Ballroom 5 at the Alerus. Alabama-Huntsville will face the Hawks tonight and Saturday evening for hockey at the Ralph. And men and women’s basketball teams from Purdue-Ft. Wayne will be at the Betty for a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.

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Along with the joy of the season just passed, there is sadness among the many friends of Lowell Schweigert over his death. He was a leading life-long booster of UND athletics. He was a true gentleman – kind and thoughtful.

He will be remembered for his zest for living and good humor. He enjoyed talking about life in his home town of Zeeland, N.D.

Hoops and pucks

The year 2020 promises activity a plenty. There’s going to be hockey and basketball. And the Northern Star International Figure skating Competition is coming up Jan. 11 to 14 at the East Grand Forks Civic Center and VFW Arena.

In the background the 1970 classes of Red River and Central High School are rounding up alumni. They are planning a joint 50th year reunion Aug. 7 and 8.

Their search is challenging. Many of the graduates were students who came in to Grand Forks from the air base. Some were transfers from St. James High School after it closed in 1969.

Contacts for the reunion are Barry Branvold at for Central High. And for Nancy (Borgenson) Hvinden.

Lauree and Paul

Cheerful people of the week: Lauree Charette and Paul Sather.