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MARILYN HAGERTY: REA is three-ring circus during Sioux games

The Ralph Engelstad Arena is well into its ninth season. And on Saturday night, the REA expects to welcome its 2 millionth UND men's hockey fan during the second game with the St. Cloud State Huskies.

The Ralph Engelstad Arena is well into its ninth season. And on Saturday night, the REA expects to welcome its 2 millionth UND men's hockey fan during the second game with the St. Cloud State Huskies.

No telling who it will be.

There are 11,000-plus people there for each hockey game. They are people who moan in unison when the Sioux miss a goal. At least 10,000 of them go wild when the Sioux score. The rest are stoical.

In the early days of the arena, Ralph Engelstad would make a low key appearance at the games. As I sat in my corner of Section 111 during the Minnesota series, I wished he could be there to see how well the team did. Sometimes, the games weren't all that good when he flew up from Las Vegas to watch from his suite.

The arena has provided a place where people of all ages gather on hockey nights. I think it took me six years to figure out which door to take and where to find my seat in Section 111, Row P. I am still trying to figure out the hockey game, so I take a radio and let Tim Hennessy tell me what is going on.

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There is so much action on the sidelines you hardly need to watch a Sioux hockey game. There are the rowdy students and the band. There are young parents with babies dressed in Sioux sweaters. People of all sizes and shapes wear hockey jerseys. They cover up all the nachos, the beer, the burgers, the tacos in a bag that people consume during the course of a game. They might not know how many cheese nachos they ate until they take off their jerseys next spring.

I like the way people mill around the corridors and the way the band marches through during the intermissions. . . It's fun to see them slicing beef for sandwiches at one venue and handing out samples of roasted almonds at another. . .

Happenings

Along with Sioux hockey, there is Sioux women's basketball this afternoon. And volleyball Saturday, too. . . The football team will be in a great big game with University of California at Davis on Saturday afternoon. . . The Sioux fan luncheon at noon today is in Ballroom No. 4 of the Alerus. . . Where the coaches will talk and the 42nd Street Symphony will play. . . The Metropolitan Opera will hold its auditions Saturday afternoon in Josephine Campbell Recital Hall at UND. . . "The Bad Seed" is in its second weekend at Fire Hall Theatre. . . New Chamber Music by composer Matthew Peterson will be presented Saturday evening at the Empire Arts Center. . .

Ask Marilyn

Q. Why should people from 18 to 40 check out the Jaycees?

A. If President Brenda Jo Gillund doesn't get 20 more signed up before the state convention in Minot in January, they are going to give her a multi-color hair treatment. While there are now 64 members of the Jaycees in Greater Grand Forks, they are seeking more. Many hands make light work. And Gillund believes the more members they have the more help they can give the community. Before she got into Jaycees at the ripe old age of 34, she thought it was a group that played softball and drank beer. She found they did so much more. She has been active on the state level and was honored as one of 10 Outstanding Young Americans. There's a social and new member orientation coming up before the meeting at the Blue Moose at 5 p.m. Monday before the meeting. If you are a young man or woman on the way up in your career, the Jaycees want you.

Q. How will the Kappa Sigmas keep warm when they camp out overnight in front of their house at 2510 University Ave., this weekend?

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A. They will build a small fire and roast marshmallows and make s'mores.

Q. What's the point?

A. They are seeking donations for local food shelves.

Missy and Matt

Cheerful person of the week: Missy Ohe. Runner up: Matt Jacobson.

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

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