Winter is far from over. At least we have it on the run. And we might as well enjoy all that’s left of it.

The weekend at hand has the Aerospace School at UND flying high with a community day Saturday. The Betty Engelstad Sioux Center is alive with four hoops games in a row. It started Thursday with the men playing Oral Roberts. Tonight it’s another game when the women play Oral Roberts.

On Saturday and Sunday North Dakota will meet up with South Dakota on the courts. The men start first at 2 p.m. Saturday and women at 2 p.m. Sunday. You wonder whether the Coyote mascot for South Dakota can outdo the Hawk of UND. The Hawk has been rather energetic all winter. He seems to enjoy the lively cheerleaders.

There are plenty more hockey and hoops contests ahead. There is snow and sleds along the vast sliding hill at Lincoln Park. February brings Valentines and chocolates. And you know winter is on the wane when the Home of Economy advertises rods and reels on sale.

Still, it isn’t over until it’s over. And there’s a Shiver Fest coming up on Feb. 23 and 24 at Devils Lake.

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Taking the census

Meanwhile, there is work to be done. The Census Bureau has questions for every American household. And there are 2020 census taker jobs available. The number posted for more information is 1-855-JOB-2020.

Ask Marilyn

Q. What interesting license plates have been spotted around here?


Q. How long have Girl Scouts been selling cookies?

A. I have read they have been going strong since 1917. And it became a national event in 1936.

Q. What can an energetic person do around here on Saturday night?

A. There’s a community folk dance with live music from 7 p.m., to 10 p.m., at the East Grand Forks Senior Center. All dances are taught including reels, simple squares and circle mixers. Free will donations are accepted at the door.

Q. Where did the Ground Hog go after he failed to see his shadow in February?

A. I have heard he was seen over by Northwood last week. Later he was up around Cavalier.

Nancy and Mike

Cheerful people of the week: Nancy Nelson and Mike Dunn.