Marilyn Hagerty: The first day of summer has finally arrived in Grand Forks

The days of June that we dream of in January are here. The grass is green. The rhubarb is up. Golf courses are busy. Area lakes are calling.

Marilyn Hagerty
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GRAND FORKS — The days of June that we dream of in January are here. The grass is green. The rhubarb is up. Golf courses are busy. Area lakes are calling.

This Tuesday is the first day of summer.

School is out. Camps are getting booked up.

For those who weather the winter, the days of June are the bonus. For those who winter in warmer climes, June calls out a welcome home.

With gas prices ranging up around $5 a gallon, there is new respect for planning. This is more reason for walking or biking and more reason for getting up to a ball game in the neighborhood.


Philip and Margo

These are the days when Philip the Fly is finding a summer vacation. Juanita the Wasp has mischief on her mind. Margo the Hammer has work to do.

And old Round Shoulders, the refrigerator, is called on to keep her cool.

There are so many wonders that surround us. You wonder how do goldfish feel in June? Where is the nearest Dairy Queen? Would you rather have a tree house or a tent?

There’s been hoopla in England over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and 70 years on the throne. Queens do not retire and collect Social Security.

Here in Grand Forks, Pat Sweeney of KNOX radio reports that June is National Accordion Awareness Month.

Mary and Gerald

June sees to be the time to get out, and the time to get married.

For Mary and Gerald Joyce, June 19 is the time to celebrate a long, happy marriage. They exchanged their vows 70 years ago. They came to Grand Forks 40 years ago when he began his long run here as manager of J.C. Penney.

The 70th wedding is rare. And to celebrate, the Joyces planned to join up with family in the Minnesota lake country.


You wonder, what to long married couples do when they have a spat or mild disagreement. And the Joyces agree: "You sit down and talk things over."

(Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at 218-791-4459)

Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski, a guest, spoke about the purpose of Lions Clubs. He said, “There is nothing greater than dedicating yourself to something greater than yourself.”

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