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MARILYN HAGERTY: January a time for renewal

Out they go. Away they go. Christmas trees are lining the berms. Intrepid sledders are trying out the new fallen snow on the Belmont Road side of the dikes. It's over. The holidays are winding down. Only scraps of wrapping paper and crumbs of coo...

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Marilyn Hagerty

Out they go. Away they go.

Christmas trees are lining the berms. Intrepid sledders are trying out the new fallen snow on the Belmont Road side of the dikes.

It's over. The holidays are winding down. Only scraps of wrapping paper and crumbs of cookies remain.

But all is not lost. When I caught up with Bill Palmiscno, superintendent of the city parks, he said there are several outdoor skating rinks that have been open this holiday season.

What's more, the UND hoops teams are making life interesting with the beginning of Big Sky conference competition. There's another women's basketball game coming up here at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Betty. That's with Montana. The game on New Year's Day was with Montana State.

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UND boosters will gather at noon today at the Alerus to get a look-see from coaches about the sports scene.

They will eat a fine lunch for $10 and hope that Ken Hallgrimson and the volunteer crew known as Third Street Symphony will show up. Besides women's basketball on Saturday, there's an exhibition hockey game Saturday evening at the Ralph.

Oh, and outdoor rinks that have been open for public skating include Lake Agassiz, University, Riverside, Jaycee, Optimist, Kelly, Viking, Elks, Ben Franklin and Lions. The hours are noon to 9 p.m.

Ask Marilyn

Q. What's good about January?

A. The opportunities to start over. The public schools are offering a bundle of classes. You can learn how to knit a winter hat in a day or how to navigate your way across the dance floor at a wedding. Classes on both sides of the Red River will help bring people up to speed on the Internet.

At Parkwood Senior Living Center at 4:30 p.m. Monday, the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) will showcase its winter array of courses. These include everything from multicultural dance for wellness to joints and aging and punk archaeology.

Q. When is the Park District starting its painting lessons?

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A. The winter sessions begins Monday. Instructors are Joan Mullen, (218) 779-3200; Mary Haugstad (701) 740-5585; and Zauna Synnott (701) 317-2102.

Q. What can a person do in lieu of suntanning in Grand Forks in January?

A. There are a multitude of opportunities for fitness within the city limits. And there are books to be read. I am coasting through "Brave Men'' by Ernie Pyle, my favorite writer. In lieu of sunshine, I have a supply of vitamin D tablets.

Marge and Keith

Cheerful persons of the week: Marge Gabrielson and Keith Trzynka.

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