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Marilyn Hagerty: The joy of the holiday season surrounds Grand Forks

There barely is time to send Christmas cards, decorate trees, bake cookies. But where there is a will to enjoy the blessed season, there is a way.

Marilyn Hagerty
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GRAND FORKS — An eerie quiet falls over the UND campus. Last day of classes Thursday. Reading and review day Friday – and yikes! Finals week ahead. Winter graduation coming up Dec. 16. Winter break Dec. 17 to Jan. 9.

The pressure of finals mingles with the joy of the Christmas season.

Calendars tell us Thursday, Dec. 8, was the last day of classes. Friday was designated as reading and review day.

The joy of Christmas surrounds the Grand Forks area now. On Sunday afternoon between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., there’s the annual Deutsche Kinder Christmas get together for. And people with Germans from Russia background will be singing and sharing memories. They’ll share Christmas stories and goodies in the Fellowship Hall of Sharon Lutheran Church.

At the Sons of Norway lodge, there will be cookie decorating at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Word has it that they are making a few more sandbakkels. Donna Remer is listed a the volunteer coordinator.

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Friendly farewells

On the UND campus, this is also the time for farewells. Fred Wittmann who is well organized and efficient will be missed. And a retirement reception marked farewell to Paul Lindseth, former professor and former dean of John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

There barely is time to send Christmas cards, decorate trees, bake cookies. But where there is a will to enjoy the blessed season, there is a way. The busy-ness of December is controlled, forgotten in January. Some people go South. They seem to drift toward Arizona. Some float toward Florida. And then for others, January it a time to sit back at home. A time to reflect. Maybe even read a book.

Meridee and Richard

Cheerful people of the week: Meridee Shogren and Richard Ray.

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

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