Although North Dakota is better-known for its cold winters, the summer heat can prove to be equally extreme. One way to beat the heat is to enjoy a cool treat, like ice cream.
One man who lived outside the proximity of an ice cream store felt this pull with the onset of summer in 1939. On this date, it was reported that he traveled some distance to Cooperstown for the sweet dish. Once there, with ice cream in hand, he requested that a small tin pail he held be filled with ice. When asked why, the man gave this answer: "I come thirty miles for this bit of ice cream and I want it in shape when I get back."
Dakota Datebook written by Sarah Walker
The Noonan Miner, Thursday, July 6, 1939