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Dak-Minn says thanks for great gift of time and blood

She believes in giving blood. She believes in helping out. So, for 20 years, Barb Polovitz has volunteered at the Dak-Minn Blood Bank. She not only gave blood regularly, she also gave of her time -- 4,800 hours over the years. Now, she is retirin...

She believes in giving blood. She believes in helping out.

So, for 20 years, Barb Polovitz has volunteered at the Dak-Minn Blood Bank. She not only gave blood regularly, she also gave of her time -- 4,800 hours over the years. Now, she is retiring.

Wednesday was Barb Polovitz Day, and the Dak-Minn Blood Bank honored her with a reception and mementos of her years of service. Barb, who is low-key, was pleased but sort of uncomfortable with the attention.

As a nurse, Barb Polovitz always has had a strong interest in the blood bank. She graduated from the University of Michigan with her nursing degree and became a registered nurse. She worked in Grand Forks after she came here in 1954 with her husband, Mike Polovitz. He was mayor of Grand Forks from 1988 to 1996 and is a retired music professor from UND.

The couple has four grown children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Their children, who grew up in Grand Forks, are Dr. Tom Polovitz, who works for the Veterans Affairs Department in Minnesota; Ken, an assistant dean of the UND Odegard School of Aviation; Norma Nickerson, Missoula, Mont., and David, who lives in the Twin Cities.

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Barb Polovitz followed her nursing profession full time until the children came. She took time off but went back to work when they were grown.

Her reception was one of the meaningful gatherings in Grand Forks this week.

Caps and gowns

There are always just a few more things a person wants to do before Christmas. ... But the day will roll around -- next Friday -- whether we are ready or not. This is graduation time at UND with commencement this morning at the Fritz for graduate students and this afternoon for undergraduates. ... Dave St. Peter, a UND alumnus and president of Minnesota Twins, is giving the address at both ceremonies. ... And students are scattering for the Christmas break that lasts until Jan. 11. ... The Jason Stadstad hockey tournament continues this weekend. ... Sioux fans are meeting at noon today in the Alerus Center to talk about the weekend in sports here and honor one of the most faithful fans. ... Former Sioux Coach Dean Blais is expected to be there. ... There's basketball tonight at the Betty with the Sioux women playing Northern Arizona and more basketball on Saturday when the Sioux men play former Sioux Ben Jacobson's team from Northern Iowa. ... And the hockey Sioux will be playing the U.S. Under 20 team, coached by Blais, on Saturday evening. ... Little Miracles are sponsoring a Movies & More Saturday afternoon at Empire Arts Center. ... And Lorie Line brings her annual holiday show to the Chester Fritz on Saturday evening. ... At 2 p.m. Sunday, the traditions of Christmas will be told in a lecture by Leah Byzewski, director of the Myra Museum. It's free and open to the public. ... Rural Holmes United Methodist Church continues its live nativity pageant Sunday and Monday in the Ollman horse arena.

Ask Marilyn

Q. A reader in Cavalier, N.D., wonders why Mark Andres Grand Forks International Airport is called an international airport.

A. The administration office says it is because there is a U.S. Customs office out there. Also, there are occasional landings of Canadian airplanes. Items from Canada are sometimes processed for FedEx at the airport.

Q. How many people went through Christmas in the Park when the wind chill was atrocious Monday night?

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A. One of the Lions wrapped up in warm clothing says 35 brave souls, plus a couple of dogs, went through the dazzling Christmas display. More people are expected this weekend, by far.

Holly and Jeff

Cheerful people of the week: Holly Sableman and Jeff New.

each Marilyn Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.

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