Are you ready for some Summer Sizzle? Considering the weather at every one of the track meets and softball games I’ve been to this spring has been very un-spring-like, I’d be willing to bet you’re more than ready. Funny how that works, isn’t it? When this type of weather hits in the fall, we say, “Ahh, what a nice break from the summer heat and humidity.” But now, on May 10, this kind of weather makes us say things that can’t even be printed in the newspaper. Though if you live close enough to me, you’ve probably heard me shout them.

Assuming summer does get here eventually, you’ll want to be ready for a great event that will mark the second of our four celebration weekends for Wahpeton’s Sesquicentennial.

A one-of-a-kind, outdoor concert will take place on Saturday, June 1 at Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium/Frank Vertin Field on the campus of North Dakota State College of Science. This is a family-friendly event, with food vendors, a beer garden (that one’s for adults only!), and plenty of great music. The gates will open at 5:30 pm, and the music starts at 6:30 pm.

The charge to get in? Only $2, and kids age 10 and under get in for free. Three bands – Redline, Billy D & the Crystals, and The Challengers – will perform back-to-back-to-back for a full night of music. The event will take place rain or shine, but I’m banking on a nice, summer evening.

The concert is in conjunction with Blue Goose Days, taking place May 31 – June 2. A full slate of events is scheduled that, also, so visit for details.

And here are a few updates on things happening this spring:

• Third Avenue North reconstruction has recommenced. Remaining sidewalks have been graded and are being poured now, and crews will begin the final lift of the street pavement soon with a June completion date.

• Don’t forget about Spring Cleanup Week, May 20-24. Collection will be curbside on your regularly scheduled pickup day. A maximum of 4 cubic yards (4x4x4) per resident is allowed curbside. Apartment units and commercial properties are not eligible for spring cleanup. Items specifically excluded are: appliances, televisions, microwaves, computer equipment, chemicals, or chemical barrels, liquids in any form, hazardous waste, and compost materials. Please call Waste Management at 642-8797 if you have any questions about acceptable items.

• It’s also graduation time, so please be courteous to those visiting our fair city to celebrate the accomplishments of family and friends. NDSCS graduation is today, and Wahpeton High School’s commencement is May 26. Congrats to all moving on to their next phase in life.

And finally, a personal note. Recently, a fundraiser was held to send five of our local students (including one of my daughters) to Australia to play basketball. The turnout was tremendous, as has been the response from day one. I can’t thank our community enough for your support of these young ladies. I’m overwhelmed.


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