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Marilyn Hagerty: A recent trip to Fertile, Minn. brings fun and food

Some go to Italy this summer. Others go to Bemidji and various other area lakes. Maybe they don’t realize that Fertile is over there in Minnesota waiting.

Marilyn Hagerty
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FERTILE, Minn. — Some go to Italy this summer. Others go to Bemidji and various other area lakes.

Maybe they don’t realize that Fertile is over there in Minnesota waiting — just a hop skip and a jump from Crookston. I jumped at a chance to join in a day trip to Fertile with Tom and Marge Gabrielsen and their daughter Lisa with her husband Jeff Hoplin at the wheel.

Down we went from Crookston on Highway 102 – 19 miles to Fertile. And there we found a day to remember when January rolls round.

Oh yes, we ate. Erickson’s Smokehouse Grill and Bar was surrounded by cars at lunch time. The place was crowded with summer visitors. So we went to the large dining room where groups were eating. We could tell the visitors were heading out to find nearby Bergeson Gardens. The place draws visitors from near and far.

We were among dozens of visitors to Bergeson Gardens just outside Fertile. Later we rode on golf course through the beautifully wooded golf course along the Sand Hill River in Fertile. The nine-hole course wends its way through trees and water hazards.


Welcome anytime

At Bergeson Gardens, they say you are welcome to visit at any time. And in true welcoming notes they say you are free to view the gardens. Business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The flower beds are numbered, and the welcome sheet is a guide for viewing the gardens. The bed closest to the parking lot features a colorful mix of annuals, perennials and shrubs.

Visitors leisurely stroll along the flower gardens with information in hand. The flowers in each bed are described in notes on the welcoming sheet. There are 34 beds to view designed by Joe and Kae Bergeson.

Though there is no charge for the garden tours, the owners say donations are welcome.

Golf, donuts

The golf course along the river in Fertile has sun and shade. It winds its way through a park like area. The business district calls with a variety of stores.

Somehow, for me there is a call from Opdahl’s Donuts. It’s at 104 Washington Ave. NW . Many people find their way there for old fashioned buttermilk cake donuts. Then there are donut holes and cookies and muffins. It was pleasing to see the shop still is there.

(Reach Marilyn Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.com or by telephone at 218-791-4459)

There is to be no worry about winter during the celebration of homecoming. Just the memories. The best memories.

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