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McVille is the sweetest town around

Along with two other judges, I tasted 24 desserts Saturday evening in what they called the McBake Off during McVille Days. And I rolled out of McVille, N.D., wondering if the state troopers ever stop people for being on a sugar high. I vowed I wo...

Along with two other judges, I tasted 24 desserts Saturday evening in what they called the McBake Off during McVille Days. And I rolled out of McVille, N.D., wondering if the state troopers ever stop people for being on a sugar high. I vowed I would not eat another sweet until Thanksgiving.

My fellow judges were Esther Dalburg, retired home economics teacher, and Janet Edlund, superintendent of Dakota Prairie School District. We loved our job. We sampled everything from pink lemonade pie to mint cake and cheese Danish. It was heavenly, Shirley.

The biggest surprise of all came when the winners were announced and a man from Pekin, N.D., who often watches the food channels on television, was the winner. Yep, John Kelly won with his gingerbread pumpkin truffle. Other winners were Betty Bina of McVille with a fresh fruit tart and Jan Thompson of McVille with a carrot cake.

The little town of McVille was full of life. In fact, the whole area around here seems intent on having summer fun. I started the day by driving out to Larimore, N.D., for their celebration. The town was jumping. I was struck by the beauty of the countryside, Shirley. The trees and the fields are so green right now, and in the ditches, you see big rolls of hay. They remind me of Shredded Wheat.

There is much to see and do. With others from the Myra Museum here in Grand Forks, I visited the museum in Larimore. It has an extensive collection from the past. It's a place where people can go and see how things used to be. It has items of interest for all ages. A teenager was studying an old wagon. A little girl was looking at the dining room of days gone by.

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Small towns can dry up and blow away, or they can carry on with a good life for their residents. It just takes people who care, Shirley. In McVille, Sandi Johnson is one of a group of women who hold fundraisers all year long in order to finance McVille Days. Sandi had the McBake Off very well organized. The whole town was alive with a dunking booth near Main Street and an auction on another street. There was food in the McVille Park. Even people such as Judy Twete chip in. She embroidered aprons and dish towels for the McBake.

Weeding in GF

Tonight's the last of a series of summer concerts in the Myra Gazebo on the grounds of the Museum at 24th Avenue and Belmont Road. The concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and run for about an hour. Before the last concert, I noticed the mosquito count for the day was 7. I looked around and didn't see one. I did see a woman who was weeding the flower bed at the entryway as the band played on. I don't know who she is, but I do think she is a very good citizen, Shirley.

If everybody in Grand Forks would pull 10 weeds a day, this would be a beautiful place in August.

I think you are more worried about the heat than the weeds these days in Tucson. I know you will feel the loss of the three major league teams that used to do their spring training in your fair city. The Chicago White Sox moved on to Glendale. The Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks will be moving out after spring training. I can see why it is painful.

I get a kick out of the way you say your triple-digit readings are "dry heat." I will remember that next January and tell you ours is "dry cold" weather!

Love from your sister, Marilyn, getting ready for a weekend of Chautauqua on the west bank of the Red River of the North.

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

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