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Marilyn Hagerty: A musical time in Grand Forks

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Dear Sandy Mason,

You and Earl had reasons — good reasons, family reasons — for moving to Arizona full time. I understand that. I just wish you could be here for the beautiful feeling of spring.

You know. When spring comes to North Dakota it feels as good as if you just quit hitting yourself on the head with a hammer.

The birds are chirping. The grass is growing. And this is clean-up week in Grand Forks. You drive up and down the streets and see things you can pick up. Old chairs. Tricycles. Lamps. What is a pain to one household may be a treasure for another.

I was really impressed with your note saying you had figured out to grow hollyhocks in Oro Valley. You just put the seeds in your bird feeder and let the birds replant them — as only birds can do.

Well, I guess where there's a will there's a way! That is, even though it took you three years to figure out how to get the seeds from your former home in Grand Forks to grow in Arizona!

Music Week

Here in Grand Forks people are whistling while they rake. The week began with a beautiful Sunday afternoon concert by the Symphony in the Empire Arts Center downtown. The music of Brazil was featured.

A large audience went away with a song in their hearts. You probably know this is National Music Week. Here in Grand Forks it is sponsored by Thursday Music Club. Through sunshine and blizzards that group keeps things humming. They provide scholarships for music camps at the Peace Gardens.

Living long and well

Today at 5:30 p.m., there's a seminar over at Choice Health and Fitness Center. It's all about living a more healthful and longer life. The speaker is Dr. Casey Ryan. And when he talks, I listen! Besides, it's free.

Graduation gowns

Things are winding down this week at UND. They will be awarding graduate degrees Saturday morning at the Alerus Center and undergraduate degrees at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

There is a mingling of joy and sadness as another year on the campus draws to a close.

And I guess it has always been that way. There were eight in the first graduating class in 1889. And there were 75 in 1909. That's according to The University of the Northern Plains, a history written by the late Louis Geiger. Just as the graduates do in 2018, they went boldly out into the world.

I know your husband, Earl Mason, attended many commencements when he was on the faculty here at UND.

Best wishes, Marilyn

Laura Jane

P.S.: Friends said goodbye to Laura Jane Paulson on Saturday at her funeral. She was a longtime food director for the Grand Forks schools. My heart was heavy since she was a friend, a bridge partner. And together we engineered two cookbooks for Calvary Lutheran Church. If people didn't send in their recipes, LJ (as we called her) would go knocking on doors. She knew how to get a job done.