I asked a former Grand Forks Herald editor whether the Olive Garden review ( was real. His response:

"Oh, that's for real. Marilyn has been reviewing restaurants for the
Herald for decades. She also writes a sort of celebrity column and has a
sewage lift station named for her, as does Dave Barry.

By the way, her readers will recognize that as a fairly negative review
since she spent a lot more time on the ambience than the food:

"The chicken Alfredo ($10.95) was warm and comforting on a cold day. The
portion was generous. My server was ready with Parmesan cheese." · Reply
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