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Marilyn Hagerty: Hidden treasures of travel

Dear Shirley, As you know, the International Peace Garden is a symbol of the peaceful coexistence of Canada and the United States of America. When Marijo Shide was honored there Sunday, she spoke of the blessings of living in peace. She became ev...

Marilyn Hagerty

Dear Shirley,

As you know, the International Peace Garden is a symbol of the peaceful coexistence of Canada and the United States of America.

When Marijo Shide was honored there Sunday, she spoke of the blessings of living in peace. She became even more aware of the value of peace when she traveled the world in the 1980s as the international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

Marijo was surrounded by members of the GFWC, her family and other friends Sunday. A former resident of rural Larimore, N.D., she now lives in Grand Forks. The GFWC stepped forward and dedicated two benches near the sunken garden area in her name.

The day was beautiful-but hot, Shirley. I think you and Frank visited the Peace Gardens when you traveled for years in your house trailer.

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There are music camps in session now.

The trip up to the Peace Garden is beautiful. You drive by yellow fields of canola as you approach the Turtle Mountains. My granddaughter Mariah was with me, and a group of us stayed in Bottineau Saturday night.

We had reservations at the Cobblestone Motel-a large place that seems new and is next door to perfect. The Sunday morning breakfast was over and above the usual.

And Saturday evening we found a quaint little China Inn restaurant nearby-serving Chinese and American fare. The food was authentic Chinese, and the selection of beers was unique.

You just never know what you will find on summer outings, but there are treasures all around Dunseith, N.D., the doorway to the Peace Garden.

In some ways, it reminds me of your Desert Museum down there in Tucson, Ariz. There is so much to see and saunter through.

Here in Grand Forks they are still plugging away at repairs to the Sorlie Bridge on DeMers Avenue leading into East Grand Forks. Margaret Sullivan of East Grand Forks who is approaching 100, was there when they dedicated that bridge on Sept. 14, 1929. Somehow she managed to grab the cork from the bottle of champagne. She kept it as a treasure for a long time, but she can't find it now.

Hope all is well with you in Tucson this summer. Too bad you can't come north and enjoy our summer breezes!

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I send my love from the west bank of the Red River of the North.

P.S. The Grand Forks City Band will present a concert at 7 p.m. this evening in the Gazebo on the grounds of the Grand Forks County Historical Society. There will be ice cream because you need that at a summer band concert.

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