Joy, excitement, wonder, disgust, fear.

The first snow of the coming winter season brings on mixed emotions. And this year with coronavirus all around, there is apprehension. The disease has taken a hold in the Red River Valley. At times like this, it’s good to walk over and talk to the Red River.

The Red is listening. As the river flows serenely north into Canada this year there are more barriers up for travel across the border. Coronavirus keeps placing more restrictions on our lives.

Still, there are things that not even coronavirus can take away. There is the peace that comes with cool days. And the warmth that is felt when coming in from the cold.

There are hunters who embrace autumn’s brisk days and the season for hunting. The days of fall bring on rosy cheeks and mittens or gloves. They bring out ice skates and sleds flying down the hill in Lincoln Park. Maybe best of all, they bring out hockey rinks. And sticks and pucks.

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November brings peace and quiet to the farmlands. And rest for some farmers.

Gone now are the pests of summer. Philip the Fly and Juanita the Wasp are at least as far south as St. Louis.

Sea shells

Gone, too, is the first wave of people who spend winter in warmer southern climates.

They enjoy the sun, the sand and the sea shells. They walk. They golf. And they send friendly postcards showing the desert flowers.

They send far more postcards north than the people in the north send down south.

Ask Marilyn

Q. Should a person be worried about this being Friday the 13th?

A. Not really. Scandinavians used to consider it their lucky day. But the World Book says some people consider it a bad luck day because the crucifixion of Christ on that day.

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


Joel and Mallory

Cheerful people of the week: Joel Arnason and Mallory Bernhard.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or 701-772-1055.