Dear Mother Nature, This is the first day of spring, but I don't think you have been looking at your calendar. Still, they say mothers know best. Maybe you have some reason for holding back on sunshine and flowers. Don't you think this winter has been long enough already? This is the day I was going to tell the snowbirds it's safe to come home. Now I think those who winter in Arizona should pack up this week and wait to start home next week. Maybe those who keep warm in Florida should check out a few more Twins games down there.
Large windows look west out on Columbia Road — over toward Altru Hospital. To the south, there is Perkins restaurant. And throughout the morning, afternoon and early evening, people are in and out of Caribou. This coffee shop is one of several that have become a place where UND students tend to hang out and study. It seems to attract people meeting to discuss business. And it offers a comfortable place where friends tend to sip coffee, eat bagels and chit chat.
When Irish eyes are smiling, you know St. Patrick's day is coming up. This is a happy weekend, with UND hockey fans heading down the interstates to St. Paul. St. Michael's Church is holding its annual St. Patrick's luncheon Saturday. And the first day of spring is Tuesday. So who cares if they lost a wheel in a pothole? Who cares if their gloves don't match anymore?
They are off and running on spring break at UND this week. Before they left, students took part in what was called chopped competition. ... And the winners were three graduate students using traditional Indian flavors from their homes in Bangladesh and Pakistan. They are Manna Khan, Sabah Javald and Fazilatun N. Mahmood. The Chop contest was held in the Wilkerson dining center to showcase its wide array of foods.
North Dakota ranks first in quality of life! I actually read that in a quality of life report in USA Today. Well, the weekend arrives with icicles dripping from the roofs and big potholes in the city's streets. Still, all will be well if hockey goes well for the UND team this weekend. Hockey fans are flocking to The Ralph for the showdown with Omaha. Highways and byways are busy with fans heading for basketball tournaments.
Dustin Martin built five wood benches for outdoor ministry at Wesley United Methodist Church. Jarom Musgrove built five new and improved donation boxes for Circle of Friends Humane Society. They were among eight who were honored Sunday at the annual Eagle Scout luncheon for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Mayor Mike Brown, who extended congratulations at the annual awards ceremony, said he thinks this community is better for the Eagle Scouts.
After a long, cold and windy winter, Eagle's Crest dining facilities are about to break out with spring and summer fare. The restaurant, open to the public, is located on South Columbia Road where golfers gather at Eagles Crest course. It also draws groups that meet for lunch. It's a place for dinner. And there's an outside area called "The Turn" where golfers like to stop for refreshments before starting their second nine holes. By the time March bows out, there should be service on the patio. It seats up to 100.
If she could fly away right now to some warm and exotic place, Annella Winger would go to Italy. She thinks of the good food there. Steve Winger would be in Las Vegas for the Nascar races this weekend. Betty Lou Vorland would go to Hawaii. Winter has been long. It has been cold. And thoughts of faraway places catch the fancy of many. Mary Ann Devig thinks of the blue of the ocean and the green landscape in Hawaii. Lynn Gregoire says she would go to Norway right now if she could. She knows it's cold, but she's never been there.
Dear Robert Wood, We've got it on the run, now. Winter is making its last stand. Before long, it will be safe for all you snowbirds to come home. Thanks for sending me the flier about the annual gathering of Arizona snowbirds coming up this Thursday. I guess you always hold it at the Golden Corral in Mesa. I see by the flier that it runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. with door prizes at 10 a.m. Last year, you had about 200 in attendance.
If you have a hankering for deep fried, spicy pickles in an egg roll wrap, you can find them at Caribou Bar-N-Grill in Hallock, Minn. This versatile restaurant in a town 72 miles northeast of Grand Forks has a menu featuring more than 20 different burgers as well as sandwiches. It serves pizza, lavosh and baskets. After 4 p.m., there are entrees including fried chicken, barbecued ribs, walleye, sirloin steak, shrimp and chicken breast. Tammy DeVore, who is the chef and owner, has been overseeing an ongoing remodeling of Caribou Grill.