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Brandy the Bulldog


On this date in 1928, the city of Grand Forks prepared to retire a “good patrolman”—Brandy, a bull dog.

The Grand Forks Herald reported that the “battle-scarred” dog was “one of the best patrolmen, crook and bag spotters, and most aggressive member when trouble threatened, that ever patrolled a beat in Grand Forks.”

He was a little brown dog with a clipped tail, and was only forty pounds. He had belonged to Henry Viken, a former patrolman who trained him. When Viken entered service for World War I, he turned Brandy over to his coworkers.

He was much loved and cared for, and stayed in retirement at the police station, ready to “compel” any offenders to obey his masters.

Dakota Datebook written by Sarah Walker

Grand Forks Herald, April 23, 1928