Tammy Hansen needs a Half Grinder now and then. So she stops by Red Pepper East when she gets into "the Forks'' from nearby Newfolden, Minn. A regular Grinder comes with white sauce, lettuce, hot sauce and a choice of ham, salami or turkey and Swiss cheese. On a recent visit to Red Pepper East, she was making suggestions to Kari Lindemoen, also of Newfolden. She was helping Lindemoen order a gluten-free lunch—a beef tostada. And she pointed out, "Tacos are gluten free."
Actually, there is life after Valentine's Day. While snow covers the ground, music fills the air this weekend in Grand Forks. The Northeast District Junior Music Festival runs all day in the UND Hughes Fine Arts Center. And there is basketball Saturday with two teams from Oral Roberts. The women go first at 2 p.m. in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The men's game is at 7 p.m.
With a sigh of relief, we bid farewell to January 2019. It is not a fond farewell. With high hopes for warmer days, today we welcome February. And it comes in with a bundle of activity. The Greenway Ski day is scheduled by the Grand Forks Park District as a winter fun event. Then, too, Saturday is Groundhog Day. It is said that if the hog sees its shadow there will be more weeks of cold weather. And actually, most people around here don't care. They know there will be more cold weather.
Sometimes it seems as though everyone from three counties is at Perkins on Columbia Road on Sundays. The place, with seating for about 200 in three sections, is then usually full. People get together for eggs, sausage and pancakes or toast. Or they turn to a menu featuring steak. While there often is a wait to be seated, the system is handled well. Newcomers check in and wait in a comfortable reception area.
He asked, "How old are you, ma'am?" I lied and said, "Seventy six and a half." He paused. He was one of those people who are so pesky on the telephone. The whole call started with a recorded women's voice telling me they would help lower my interest rate on Visa and Mastercard. It was the third pesky call of the day. The woman went on and on and asked if I had any credit cards. Eventually, she transferred me, and I was talking to a man who promised to get me a zero percent interest rate. On one card I do not even have.
The coffee is hot—not too strong. It costs 65 cents for a fairly big serving. And dozens of local people—mostly men—gather round to sip coffee every morning at McDonald's on S. Washington Street. Some branch out for breakfast fare—such as oatmeal or a sausage McMuffin with egg. Maybe orange juice. But mostly, it's just coffee. This McDonald's is one among dozens of gathering places around Grand Forks where people—mostly men—get together to solve the affairs of the world.
Temperatures have been hitting rock bottom. The birds are hunkered down over the Washington Street underpass. Mostly sparrows. Hills of snow out by the Ralph and Betty arenas at UND are getting big enough for skiers. ... And people around here are saying they think things will be fine in 2019. So this is the day to look ahead. This is the day to start dieting anew. This is the day to write thank you notes for Christmas gifts. This is the day to shed a tear about the Vikings loss and watch football. Pretty Positive
It takes stamina, patience and a friendly personality to succeed in the world as a server in a restaurant. Tina Tiseth, who heads up the wait staff at Eagles Crest Grill, has all of those attributes. In February, she will have been on the job for 10 years. She moves quickly. So I asked her on the run if her legs ever get tired. "Yes," she said, "but they are used to it." As service manager, Tina keeps an eye on the whole restaurant area. That includes a side dining room. During the golf season, she also oversees the outdoor service.
Nobody asked her, but Mother Nature stepped in with a blizzard. Maybe she wants to give 2018 a memorable send-off this weekend. Maybe she wanted to restore a sense of reality to the holiday festivities. Blizzards are always with us. In the files of the Grand Forks Herald, there are stories of blizzards past. Some around here may remember the blizzard that hit and raged for two days in March of 1966. There was the killer March blizzard of 1941 and the "big snow" winters of 1888 and 1896.
Soft lighting and white tablecloths distinguish Sky’s Fine Dining in downtown Grand Forks. Cloud 9 Lounge is emerging as a late afternoon gathering place at Sky’s restaurant. Patrons reach the second floor lounge and restaurant by elevator or escalator. The restaurant has established itself as a leading dining spot in this area. And it has added Sunday morning brunch along with the Cloud 9 lounge menu.