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Last hurrah for football tail-gaters will be Saturday

They have had a good workout. They have played the sport they love, and the UND Sioux football seniors always will remember their part in leading the way into Division I play. Today, the 18 seniors will be guests when the Sioux fan luncheon is he...

They have had a good workout. They have played the sport they love, and the UND Sioux football seniors always will remember their part in leading the way into Division I play. Today, the 18 seniors will be guests when the Sioux fan luncheon is held in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

There will be talks by a couple of players. And because the parents of seniors will be in-troduced at the Saturday football game with Southern Oregon, they also are invited to the Sioux luncheon today.

For the seniors, this will be the last hurrah at home.

For the fans, this will be the last hurrah for tailgating. There will be plenty of time for the meat to marinade because the game begins at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the weekend at hand is filled with bazaars and craft shows. ... And deer hunt-ers out in blaze orange. ... "Fall Into Music" will be held tonight as a benefit at the American Legion Club for East Grand Forks schools. ... Forx Film Festival runs tonight and Saturday night in Empire Arts Center. ... Fire Hall Theatre has the first of three weekend perform-ances of "The Bad Seed," a play written by Maxwell Anderson, a UND alumnus. ... And North Dakota Museum of Art is holdings its annual art auction Saturday evening. ... While the Southern Fried Chicks are coming to the Chester Fritz on Sunday evening.

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Ask Marilyn

Q. What do you know about that rather new Bella Vino place downtown where the old Daco-tah restaurant used to be?

A. It must be kind of unique. I recently have had notes from readers about Bella Vino at 108 N. Third St. A couple from Cavalier, N.D., wrote to say they had a wonderful dining ex-perience at Bella Vino. On Fridays and Saturdays, there is a special. Otherwise, there are appetizers, lavosh and desserts along with a great selection of wine. The liked the ambience for the color, local art and two enthusiastic employees.

Another reader found Bella Vino so delightful she wanted others to know. And she doesn't have a business interest in the place. She and her husband stopped in on a weekend and found the dinner was blue cheese meatloaf, which sounds weird but was very good. The portions are just right, so you don't need a take-home bag.

Q. What do you hear about spuds?

A. Another reader from Edmore, N.D., has been wondering why hash browns come warmed up in so many restaurants. He likes them crispy and orders them well done. But it doesn't do much good.

Q. What else?

A. Another reader in Grand Forks hopes shoppers will study the labels before they buy such things as ground beef all packaged up. In a local market, she picked up a roll that said "100 percent beef." When she got home and turned it over, she found in small print "73/27."

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Q. What vanity license plates have been spotted recently?

A. I saw LIMIT 2 not long ago and UPNDOWN on a Friendly Manitoba license plate. Then, I saw EWE 2 (You Too) and A GATOR. Sharp eyes around the Fargo area spotted AV8R, meaning aviator, and DE BOSS and CHVYGRL. A reader in the Mayville area spotted LSTFLNG and BLKWIDO on a real old Corvette.

Naomi and David

Cheerful person of the week: Naomi Welch. Runner-up: David Paukert.

Reach Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or (701) 772-1055.

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