The weekend arrives with something to please everyone. There’s sledding at Lincoln Park and football at the Alerus.

Lynne Roche, special events manager for the Grand Forks Park District, was not be closed out. In spite of the two previous weekends showing up unsuitable for outdoor pleasure, the one coming up looks favorable. There will be sledding and skating – and a few sets of skis available. Roche says the fling in the park will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

These days with coronavirus precautions, life has changed. And the changes include UND football coming up at noon Saturday with Southern Illinois at the Alerus. No tailgating. No marching band. But there will be players out there. And even though they haven’t been able to practice together, they will make music.

Zooming Lions

On the passing scenes: A Lions Club in Sacramento, Calif., opened its meeting to Lions in Grand Forks this week. Making arrangements for the California club was Brent Showalter, a former resident of Grand Forks. The club members in California were at their computers bright and early Wednesday. There were lively conversations about food drives. And the local Lions have learned the advantages of Zooming their way through cold winter morning meeting.

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The Ice Thickness Challenge was billed as the “first annual” by the sponsoring Empire Arts Center. Although there were visions of the ice several feet deep, it was not to be. And no matter what the depth of the ice, most everyone knows it isn’t safe to venture out on the Red.

The winter of 2020 will go down as one long remembered for the threats of coronavirus. The season of hockey tournaments has turned a cold January and February into some red hot contests on the ice.

Voice of reason

Washing hands and maintaining a two-meter physical distance is the best method for protection against coronavirus.

Those are words of Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer at the University of British Columbia. They were circulated widely online and elsewhere. She says if you don’t hav a COVID-19 patient at home, there’s no need to disinfect the surfaces around the house.

She writes that it is sufficient to use normal soap against COVID-19, not antibacterial soap. This is a virus, not a bacteria.

You don’t have to worry about your food orders. But you can heat it all up in the microwave if you wish.

Wearing a mask for long periods interferes with your breathing and oxygen levels. Wear it only in crowds.

And the health officer says, “Be smart and stay informed. Live life sensibly and to the fullest. Be calm. Be kind and be safe.”

Grant and Judy

Cheerful people of the week: Grant Paranica and Judy McNamee.