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Marilyn Hagerty, Forum News Service, Published April 04 2013

Marilyn Hagerty: Olive Garden has ups, downs with readers

GRAND FORKS - Summer, autumn and winter have come and gone since my review of the then new Olive Garden went viral last spring.

Emails from all over keep trickling in. Today, I am reading one from Kathleen Wrigley in Bismarck. She wants the world to know they are planning a fundraiser there on April 12.

They want to help Dawn Ulmer, a teacher at Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck, who has worked part time at Olive Garden.

Ulmer was injured March 2 while traveling to her daughter’s state basketball game on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. She was hit head on and suffered extensive injuries. She had minimal insurance. The man, who was killed in the other car, had no insurance.

Needless to say, Dawn Ulmer needs help. So on April 28, friends are holding a fundraiser for her. And they are excited to know that Olive Garden will be providing a meal for 500 people.

“What the world needs is more Olive Gardens,” Wrigley said in her message.

Down in Orlando, Fla., there’s a police officer named Paul Bruining. Like me, he counts the number and checks the size in the black olives when he eats a salad at an Olive Garden.

He tells me he has been going there for 25 years and has even ordered extra sides of olives. Now he bemoans the fact that he finds four to five small olives in a salad.

He would like to see me do an exposé on the demise of jumbo black olives.