The weekend arrives with a new president in the White House and hockey games at UND.

All is not right with the world, but things are looking up for long time UND Hawks fans.

Most of them at midweek were anticipating the weekend games. They were relieved and happy over the win in Denver. Many of them were unsure of getting in to the Ralph -- or where they would sit.

The tradition is there. Most of the ticket holders never miss a game. While she won’t make it to the Ralph this weekend, Bev Clayburgh has been, as she says, a fan forever.

Her late husband, Dr. Ben Clayburgh, bought four tickets for every game. He reserved them every year. Even after his death, she continued with family members to watch the Sioux who became Hawks.

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And the sports fix carried over to basketball, too. This weekend, with limited seating for hockey, few know who will get in or where they will sit.

Al Pearson, who is struggling with health issues, says he would go if he had a ticket. He will be listening on radio and watching on television.

Pearson, who grew up in Canada and became a U.S. citizen, for many years rented a bus and led trips to UND hockey games.

With his big white hat he would lead the charge of fans to games. And the fans who went with the change of name from Sioux to Hawks are steadfast.

Wear your mask

Fans will find things different. They are required to keep their masks on. If they buy food at concession stands, they will be asked to take it to their seats. Then they can remove their masks – to eat or drink.

As things stand now, the games start at 6:07 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday night. And ticket manager Heather Reardon says there are blocks of student seating within the 3,000 total capacity each night.

Word from Library

Starting this week, word from Grand Forks Public Library is that it is expanding hours it will be open. Patrons may call 701-772-8116 to make arrangements for inside service between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. And to check on openings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

The library is not yet open on Sunday, but library director Wendy Wendt says there are hopes to soon bump it up. Curbside service continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Paul and JoNell

Cheerful people of the week: Paul Sather and JoNell Bakke.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.com or by telephone at 701-772-1055.