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'The little old lady on Cottonwood Street' who went viral

"Marilyn Mania" continues as a Grand Forks Herald food reviewer makes the talk-show circuit and turns down Jay Leno. But the best story today is by her son, a writer for the Wall Street Journal ...
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The self-described "little old lady on Cottonwood Street" has already turned down Jay Leno. She had a prior commitment with the media in New York City, the Fargo Forum reports.

And now she's in the Big Apple on the Grand Forks Herald's dime to review a couple of 5-star restaurants (as well as the Olive Garden on Times Square). She's also appear on Anderson Cooper's show.

All this from an Olive Garden article, just one of about 1,900 restaurant reviews she's written up for the Herald.

Her son, who writes for the Wall Street Journal, penned this warm and funny portrait: When Mom Goes Viral.

"After 65 years of writing and editing for newspapers in both of the Dakotas, she didn't need to worry about leaving a mark on the world," writes James Hagerty. "She had already done that."

Her accomplishments, like her son's article, are both heartwarming and hilarious: The mayor honored her by naming the city's sewage facility after her (by her request).

Meanwhile, she's making the news ... everywhere. Here are a few clips ...

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