The third weekend in August arrives – full of wonder.

With swimming pools closing and apples falling off trees, the prospects of school starting this year are far different from others ever known. Instead of thinking about new shoes and shirts, students are wondering about the changes coronavirus brings.

Meanwhile, the goodness of the gardens is all around. There are tomatoes and corn showing up. There are shoppers at the downtown markets on Saturdays and around places including the Town and Country shopping area in the neighborhood of 17th Avenue South and South Washington Street.

There is time yet for a couple more trips to lakes. There are golf tournaments coming up. The streets are busy with bikers and runners.

And time marches on.

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76 years married

Joseph and Eileen Larson, who celebrated a rare 75th wedding anniversary last year, are planning to be back by Sunday to their farm north of Hatton.

They have been in Chicago, where their daughter lives, for medical treatment. Joe is now 103. Eileen, who is 101, fondly remembers the years she taught at the school on Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Their son, Joe Larson, is a long time attorney at Jamestown.

And more joy to report. Many people will remember Cleone Strinden, a longtime Grand Forks resident. Although she has moved away, her family reports that she is “alive and well,” and will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Aug. 25. For those who would like to send a card, she recently moved to Edgewood Vista in Mandan. Her address is 2801 39th Ave. S.E., Apartment 429, Mandan, N.D., 58554.

She came to Grand Forks from Litchville, N.D., with her husband, the late Alf Strinden. After he opened a Strinden Hardware store in 1965, she developed the kitchenware section.

The Strinden hardware store was among the early businesses in the area of S. Washington Street and 17th Avenue South.

Cleone Strinden and her family were longtime members of Calvary Lutheran Church.

Ask Marilyn

Q.What interesting plates have been spotted on cars around here?

A. There was SKI BUM on a black van. Also seen was MENT 2 B. And the message on another car was: I hope something good happens to you today.

Sandy and Jeff

Cheerful people of the week: Sandy Morken and Jeff Wangen.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at 701-772-1055.