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MARILYN HAGERTY: Mid-summer salutations for student, Schafers

Dear Emerson Eastman, This is Tuesday, the day I like to write letters to readers. You know, with paper and pen or pencil. It isn't often I get a letter from a boy who is 7 years old. That is why I treasure the one you wrote to me on June 13. In ...

Dear Emerson Eastman,

This is Tuesday, the day I like to write letters to readers. You know, with paper and pen or pencil. It isn't often I get a letter from a boy who is 7 years old. That is why I treasure the one you wrote to me on June 13. In it, you asked if I would like to eat lunch with you and your friends at Discovery Elementary School in the fall.

You said you hoped I could, but you know I am busy.

Well, Emerson, I am not too busy for you. We can make arrangements with your teacher in September. Meanwhile, I hope you are enjoying your summer vacation. I hope you are finding books to read-maybe from the Little Red Reading Bus.

June is slipping into July on Friday. Monday will be the Fourth of July. There will be a parade downtown around noon that children can enter. Not everyone goes to the lakes. I think it's a good thing the Sertoma Club makes the day fun-filled around here.

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Your friend, Marilyn.

P.S. Tell all the kids you know that Summerthing for Kids is going on from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday nights this week at University Park. And at sundown Thursday, there will be a free movie. It's "Minions."

Oh, and the City Band is holding its second concert at 7 p.m. Thursday from the Myra Museum Gazebo on Belmont Road. And there will be some volunteers around with ice cream.

This is really a busy week because tonight there's a funny dog show going on at Lincoln Park beginning at 6 p.m. There will be hot dogs for supper and dog tricks and contests.

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Dear Delaine McGurran,

You chose a perfect setting for your retirement party at UND this week. I think it is great that after 38 years as an administrative assistant at the Children's Learning Center you are going out on International Mud Day!

That's Wednesday.

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And you have chosen the perfect setting at the new Nature Explore Outdoor Classrooms from 3:30 to 5 p.m., on the lawn of the Learning Center at 525 Stanford Road.

It would be a good idea for swimming suits so that big and little people having fun in the mud can hose off when they head for home.

I send my best wishes to you on Mud Day and on your retirement.

Marilyn.

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Dear Nancy Schafer,

The time has come to say farewell and tell you how much we enjoyed your stay in Grand Forks as first lady of the University of North Dakota. I hope you will be back often with your husband to join in the big events. You could both wear the new Fighting Hawks shirts.

As a pianist, you will have to make sure the grand piano in the president's home is in tune when you leave. You now have a wide circle of friends here as well as around Concordia College in Moorhead where you graduated. And you have many friends around Bismarck and all over the state since you were first lady of North Dakota from 1992 to 2000.

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If nothing else, you and Ed should come back in the fall when you can try fishing on the English Coulee. Or in winter when you could get up a game of broomball with the new president, Mark Kennedy, and the new first lady, Debbie Kennedy.

Best wishes, Marilyn.

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