These gals became friends in college over 70 years ago. And they’re still pen pals.

Their story was published in the Fertile, Minn., Journal in 2019. That story was sent to “Neighbors” by one of them, Diane Arnold, Detroit Lakes, Minn., after she saw another pen pal story in this column.

The other women are Dorothy Bergh, Hallock, Minn.; Marvie Stromstad, Beltrami, Minn.; Marlys Engelstad, Crookston, Minn.; Beth Lapp, St. Vincent, Minn.; and Marjorie Mjelde, who died in 2019 at the age of 87.

These women met while attending the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, from which they graduated in 1949.

They called themselves “The Gang” in college. They sang in the glee club, were in plays together and were pretty much inseparable.

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When the college held a prom in 1948, all six were waitresses for it.

Three of “The Gang” met their future husbands at Northwest.

After graduating, they kept in touch through round-robin letter writing, a practice they continue today, although they also phone each other quite a bit.

“Those days at the Crookston AC will always be in my heart,” Diane writes. “I have lots of good memories and good friends from there.”

Something new: pizza

Old Fargo-Moorhead pizza shops are in the memories of many of you, also.

For instance, here’s an email from Charlotte Griffeth, Fargo.

“About 1954 or 1955,” Charlotte writes, “after seeing a movie at the Moonlite Drive-in Theater in Moorhead, I remember my sister driving through a fast food place nearby, and ordering a cheese-only pizza (we had never heard of pizza before) and hating it.

“It was a long time before I tried it again… and then always choosing Broadway Pizza.”

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107, fax it to 701-241-5487 or email blind@forumcomm.com.