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Marilyn Hagerty: Spring gets Forks folks on the move

Itasca calls. Devils Lake beckons. Winnipeg welcomes visitors.

It seems as soon as snowbirds and winter travelers return, the lake people start their annual outmigration. In between, there is much to be done. There are graduation parties that will keep popping up along the streets of Grand Forks—a bittersweet time for high school seniors.

Red River's graduation is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Central High School's graduates will receive their diplomas in a 4 p.m. ceremony the same day.

There's the promise that summer days will be fun for kids around Grand Forks. The Park Board is making sure of that. The UND campus is beautiful with flowering trees.

Adventure is where you find it. Garage sales have a big following. Races at the fairgrounds are a big draw on Friday evenings.

Time now for the bugs and bees to move in. And for the deer who moved into the city during the winter to move out.

There's nary a word from the peregrine falcon named Marilyn who was born here at the UND water tower last spring. But Tim Driscoll, licensed bander, is reported to have found a pair this spring in Crookston.

And a friend brought back a folder describing the peregrine falcon program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. It started in 1987 to encourage a peregrine comeback after the chemical DDT was banned.


Ask Marilyn

Q. What is the best license plate sighted this week?


Q. What would you name this day if you could name days?

A. National Take Your Cat to Bed with You Day.


Ruth and Gary

Cheerful people of the week: Ruth Ann Schleif and Gary Swanson.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.