Party at Grand Forks' Parkwood Place followed by trip to The Blue Moose.

    Alice Hegge celebrated her 100th birthday with a party Sunday, Feb. 18 at her apartment at Parkwood Place in Grand Forks.

    She still lives independently. She got her ears pierced for the first time when she was 90, her daughter, Carol (Hegge) Beiswenger tells the Times. “We’re trying to convince her to get a tattoo now for 100th birthday. We will see if I am successful. She can still out-shop any of us and is so short we can’t find her amongst the clothing racks. She is an amazing lady.”

    Guest came from all around for Sunday’s party.

    “Tables were decorated with mom’s favorite things, like books, pretty china, African violets, and succulents,” Carol said. “We also set up of lefse station with a bowl of potatos, a ricer, lefse turning stick, and large nubby rolling pin. Another table had cookie baking supplies, cutters, rolling pin, etc. pretty antique hats and hankies. Picture boards up with memories of a life well lived. Cards on the tables telling little stories of mom’s life.

    “My brother Dennis built a new covered patio for mom,” Carol continues. “She was really irritated with the grackles so she got a gun, sat down in her rocking lawn chair and proceeded to shoot a hole in the roof. Birds are safe from her.

    “When our house was built in 1952 it was very busy time on the farm. Dad and grandpa Thompson were the carpenters. After a month or more of not having steps to get in mom built her own. Nice and strong too. Mom got married right out of high school. Of course she was 21 when she graduated because she had to quit so many times to go to work. But she graduated!” Carol says. “Mom grew up on a small farm by Climax. Her parents were Aurther and Emma (Berg) Thompson. She had 2 brothers. Herbert and Morris, and one sister Ardelle. Her brothers have passed away but her sister is from Silver Bay and Ardelle’s daughter, Rachael from Duluth, drover her here. So very happy to have them here. Mom married Orris Hegge in 1939. Six children were born. Kenny, Dennis, Donny, Carol, Betty Ann, and David. Donny died in 1963; orris died in 1992. Two grandchildren have also passed away, both boys of Kenny. Stephen in 1974 and Ethan in 2017. One son in law has also died. Larry Overgaard. All of Orris siblings and spouses have died and both of mom’s brothers. Ardelle remains alive and feisty just like mom.”

    Alice’s actual birthday was Feb. 21. The family took her to The Blue Moose in East Grand Forks to celebrate some more, Carol tells the Times.