You can find a Grafton Burger for $7.50 or order a Hoople Burger for $6.95 at Shenanigan's Family Restaurant in nearby Grafton, N.D. The large, homey restaurant on Hill Avenue, the main street in Grafton, has a wide variety of offerings on its menu. There are appetizers, salads and pizza. Then salads, melts, sandwiches and burgers. There's poultry and pork items along with seafood and beef. Burritos, tostadas and enchiladas round out the choices.
Water from the melting snow has been making a gurgling sound as it runs down the drain near my house on Cottonwood Street. There are a couple of crows swooping around — acting as though they own the outdoors. And I have decided this is break-out week in Grand Forks. So I went over to the banks above the Red River. I got as close as I could, and I shouted. "Red," I said. "This is it. We are done with you and your ice. Start sending some catfish so people like Ernie the Angler don't have to do ice fishing."
Along with her Bible, La Verle "Lovey" Brehm has a dictionary. She uses it almost every day at Tufte Manor, 3300 Cherry St., when she plays Scrabble. She's 96, and this is her second stay at Tufte. I met her recently while visiting Valley Memorial Homes around Grand Forks. "I like it here," she told me. She goes to the sing-a-longs. She harmonizes when they sing "In the Garden." She has a walker to keep herself steady as she moves around Tufte Manor. She mingles with other residents in the large, homey commons area. She enjoys her meals in the dining room.
My choice will be an Acapulco Seafood Salad when I next stop for a meal at Paradiso on South Washington Street. This, for $11.49, is a blend of seafood along with fresh lettuce decorated with tomatoes, mild cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese. And black olives! On occasional visits to Paradiso, it appears to be one of the busiest restaurant in this city. Especially on Sundays. That's when it is well known that kids eat free. And people know the restaurant offers a free lunch or dinner for people having a birthday.
It's Friday the 13th! So what about it? That was the response from people sitting around the bridge table earlier this week when I asked if anyone was edgy. And I came to the conclusion Friday the 13th doesn't rate very high on scale of edginess anymore. Bernie Goodman said her father, the late Mac McCullough of East Grand Forks, was very nervous on those days. And as Julie Evans was arranging her cards, she said her son and his wife chose Aug. 13 for their wedding day. They wanted to celebrate some anniversaries on a Friday 13.
They were high school sweethearts long ago in Langdon, N.D. They were married in Aurora, Ill., in 1952. Jim and Laurette Zettel spent part of their lives on a farm. They lived in Langdon before they moved to Grand Forks in 1974. He's a mechanic. He worked at both the university and the hospital as they raised their family.
Two recent visits to Ruby Tuesday on the southwest corner of Grand Forks are reminders this is a good place for choices. The Endless Garden Bar that runs down the middle of the restaurant is inviting. And it is sometimes overwhelming with 58 items. It is refreshing after a long winter with a dearth of fresh fruits and vegetables.
At the end of a football practice, Hunter Pinke is famished. He has a hankering for a great big steak. Overall, the sophomore from Wishek, N.D., tries to eat the right foods for the best performance. He misses his mother's cooking. But with several housemates, he makes an effort to eat the right foods and stay hydrated before, during and after games or practice.
Gone pretty much are the Easter bonnets. But there still are Easter bunnies. The one who lives in my backyard is celebrating Good Friday today. This is a good day for dyeing eggs or making hot cross buns. The bunny will try to get out on Saturday for all the pre-Easter celebrations. Come snow, sleet or wind — Easter will be here Sunday. Here's hoping the bunny doesn't drop any eggs in the potholes on city streets.
Dear Bob and Pat Wood, The way things have been going, you should maybe talk to the other snowbirds flitting around in Arizona. Tell them they might want to wait to come home until the Fourth of July. I know it will be nice and warm here by then. And I was just talking to Paul Waind of the Sertoma Club — you know, the group that sponsors Fourth of July celebration. He tells me the fireworks are going to be bigger and better this year. And by then, we feel sure the snow will be gone.