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The flu pandemic a century ago lasted beyond 1918. It lingered into 1920 and sent parts of North Dakota back into lockdown. North Dakota’s state health officer recommended avoiding travel, visits and crowding. He urged local health authorities to prohibit unnecessary gatherings and public funerals, and to regulate seating in opera houses. His office also had charge of directing Red Cross aid.

The Mayor of Fargo has signed an executive order that will limit occupancy in bars and restaurants.

Tim Mahoney’s order mandates that bars and restaurants cap their occupancy at 25 percent or fifty people, whichever threshold is met first. City Attorney Eric Johnson says the mayor’s order comes down as COVID-19 levels are spiking and hospitalization rates are at or near capacity. Johnson says violations of this order will carry penalties.


On this date in 1943, Earl Charles Reineke married Jane Marie Early. He was a broadcaster, and she was a dancer and professional model. Before his death, Reineke established a foundation to establish an educational or scientific memorial in Fargo, and when she died, half of Mrs. Reineke’s estate was added to the foundation. Their shared dream materialized with the construction of the Reineke Fine Arts Center at NDSU in 1982.

A 100 Year Event

Nov 3, 2020


North Dakotans packed a jubilant Dakota Fieldhouse on this date in 1988. The citizens’ homage was an observance of the state’s 99th birthday and prelude for the upcoming year’s calendar of celebrations and events across the state.  


Helen Virginia Briggs was born on this date in 1910 and grew up in Fargo. Her father was an insurance broker; and her mother an exceptional golfer who won the State Golf Championship three times.

Helen preferred her middle name, Virginia. She was a petite, blue-eyed blond who was active in all facets of life at Fargo Central High. After she graduated in 1929, the family moved to California.


It’s not often that a man’s life achievements are overshadowed by his champion butterfat producing cow, but that is exactly what happened to Samuel F. Crabbe. Born in 1869, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He came to Fargo in 1891 and was a civil engineer for the city for 16 years. Crabbe was responsible for paving Broadway the first time. He used wooden blocks. He then served as a consulting engineer for the Cass County Drainage Board for 18 years. He was instrumental in building Cass County’s network of drainage ditches. 


On this date in 1899, the telephone installed at the Chicago and North Western Railway depot in Oakes, North Dakota was up and working. According to the Oakes Republican, the depot was “now in close touch with the rest of the world.” 1899 might seem early for telephone service, but the Northwestern depot did not have the state’s first telephone. That honor belonged to Oliver Dalrymple’s bonanza farm.


Fargo’s former streetcar system reaches back almost to the founding of the town itself. Horse-drawn routes began in 1879, but with no paved streets, the tracks sank into the mud and the line was abandoned. Another horse-drawn line started in 1882, but failed a few months later after a fire destroyed the car barn and all its equipment.


Following the August 1974 tsunami of attention over Richard Nixon’s resignation and Gerald Ford becoming the new President, local citizens were adjusting to a new political climate.

Fargo Police: counterfeit oxycodone pills may be dangerous

Jul 29, 2020

Fargo Police say illegal, counterfeit pills resembling Oxycodone have contributed to several overdoses across the state – and are warning the public to be on the lookout.

The pills are sold illegally on the street, have a green tint to them and usually have an ‘M’ printed on one side and ‘30’ printed on the other. They are also laced with Fentanyl.

Fargo Police are cautioning those who obtain the pills illegally that they pose a serious risk of bodily injury or death. Any suspicious pills can be reported to your local law enforcement agency.