How cold is it?

So cold you could throw a glass of water out the front door and watch it freeze on the way to the ground. So cold you need long underwear if you walk to a mail box. So cold no cockroach could survive.

Those who live through days like this may tell their grandchildren of the good old days of 2020.

The week that was brought 87 members of 11 Greater Grand Forks service clubs together for their annual luncheon Tuesday at the Canad Inn. The speaker was Dr. Steven Weiser, president of Altru Health System.

“Despite challenges,” he said, “we were rated the best hospital in the state. We want to be the best.”

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One of the biggest challenges, he said, is coordination of care. Another is communication, and Dr. Weiser said there is a committee working on it.

“The cost of care,’’ he said, ‘’is something we really need to contain.’’

The service club gathering was arranged by the Sertoma Club members. Kay Derry gave the welcome and guests were introduced by Paul Waind.

Bologna in Minto

Just as the massed meeting of service clubs is a January event, another annual tradition is taking place at 7 p.m. this evening in the Minto Community Center. The 34th annual bologna cook off is bound to be a big draw tonight.

Chris Misialek says this will be the 34th event with proceeds helping Boy and Girl Scouts.

Chewing gum

These cold days of January are full of wonder. You wonder what kind of gum that Seattle football coach Pete Carroll chews? Does he chew it when the game is over?

You wonder about the Chinese New Year coming up. And you learn it will be the Year of the Rat.

You wonder what you would wear when you join in the group celebrating Take a Kid Fishing Day Saturday in Bemidji.

You wonder what all the children will do on Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. day when there is a school.

Steve and Sue

Cheerful people of the week: Steve Brekke and Sue Shirek.