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My apology to Bruce Clubb, former Blackduck resident, 1949 graduate of Blackduck High School, accomplished Washington D.C. attorney and benefactor of the Blackduck Area History and Art Center. You may think this is a weird way to start a history article, but Bruce Clubb put a lot of time and effort into researching this project and I have procrastinated in getting this message to you. It has to do with Blackduck's school song Maroon and Gold Forever and it has been a hot topic for many of us these past few months -- past year? Bruce not only put time and effort into this project, he has offered prize money (not to exceed $500) to anyone "who can produce documentary evidence satisfactory to the board of directors of the History and Art Center that answers the following questions: 1. Who in Blackduck made the arrangements with Professor Herman Monson of Concordia College, for the purchase of Maroon and Gold Forever? Monson wrote many school fight songs including the music for Maroon and Gold Forever. 2. When was the song first played in Blackduck and for what occasion? 3. If Monson wrote the music, who wrote the lyrics? Now... The information you read here is very sketchy and incomplete as far as any background information goes. I can tell you the Maroon and Gold Forever music appears to have been copyrighted in 1934 by Monson. Another hint -- in 1938, teacher Robert Watson formed a 36-student pep squad that was among to first to use the brand new school gymnasium. There may be a number of documents that provide partial answers to these questions, or there may be one document that tells all. Consideration may be given for each piece of information depending on its historical value. This program will end Sept. 30. The History Center has a very interesting, detailed document that was written by Mr. Clubb and I hope that you will stop in and read it. Or, you may call me if you are interested in discussing this project. It just may help you win the $500 prize! Collections of all kinds seem to peak people's interest as the History Center is finding out. We've displayed Nutcrackers, elegant glassware, salt and pepper shakers, clowns and now Marie Juelson is showing off her brass collection. It's very striking. Juneal Reitan from Northome stops in pretty regularly and almost always has a trinket or two or five to donate. I've been attracted to "apple dolls" that I was sure were shrunken heads that she brought back from one of her world travels. Juneal is an interesting lady and we appreciate her visits. The picture display of Blackduck and its people around the early 1900s will be dismantled soon. Don't wait too long or you'll miss it.

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