The basketball tournaments have been over for some time. But thinking of them brings up a question from John Birrenkott, West Fargo.
He has a clipping from a 1992 edition of the West Fargo Pioneer during the North Dakota boys state basketball tournament that year. The picture shows a boy holding a sign rooting for John's son, Mike.
John has always wondered who that boy was. Did he live in West Fargo? Did he graduate from West Fargo High School? Where is he now?
Mike's dad surely would like to know. If you can solve this mystery, let Neighbors and John know.
Incidentally, John is rightfully proud of Mike and his Packers team. They were state champs in both 1991 and 1992.
Speaking of sports, let's turn to the North Dakota State University Bison, their fans ... and pizza.
Earlier this year, Neighbors carried the story of Bison super fan Dale Beling, of Fargo, who has been attending Bison games for years.
Dale said one of his favorite memories was attending Bison road games where, if he stayed in the same motel as Floyd "Pinky" Wangrud, owner of Pinky's Pizza in Fargo, he and other
Bison fans would be treated to Pinky's hot pizza baked in an oven Pinky had in the trunk of his car.
That column brought an email from Pauline Olson, of Hallock, Minn., who said she enjoyed that column and that she is Pinky's youngest daughter.
"I remember my dad having a pizza oven in his trunk and serving pizzas to people," she writes. "It was fun reading about him and that Dale remembers my dad; it would have made him happy."
Pinky passed away in 1992.
Pauline says her husband, Rod, was a teacher in Hallock. He passed away in 2008. She has two sons, Brian and Brad.
Brian and his wife, the former Jennifer Moore, of Kennedy, Minn., and their son Grant, 15, live in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where Brian is an occupational therapist. Both he and Jennifer graduated from the University of North Dakota.
Pauline's youngest son, Brad, is married to the former Jaime Litzinger, of Grand Forks. They and their sons Carter, 11, and Jackson, 2, live in Grand Forks. Brad is an assistant manager at Cabela's in East Grand Forks, Minn. Both he and Jaime are UND graduates.
Pauline graduated from Fargo North High School in 1969.
She does volunteer work at The Station, the senior citizens center in Hallock, including managing its thrift store.
And (sorry, Bison fans) she and her kids are solid UND Fighting Hawks fans.
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