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A Front Page Divorce

Dec 23, 2019

At one time Fargo was known as the divorce capitol of the West. Plenty of lawyers, easy divorce laws, and elegant hotels attracted the wealthy who could afford to travel to end a marriage. South Dakota also had easy divorce laws, and it was in 1901 that Manhattan playboy Freddie Gebhardt hosted a lavish dinner at the Cataract House Hotel in Sioux Falls to celebrate his divorce. Guests enjoyed a four-course dinner of seafood, beef and bison, and a wide variety of exotic wines all served by waiters in formal attire.

Fargo-Moorhead

Nov 4, 2019

In 1871 the first settlers staked their claims at the point where the railroad would cross the Red River. Railroads were crucial in the settlement of North Dakota. Fargo was named in honor of William Fargo, a director of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Early Fargo was a rough and tumble town with its fair share of saloons, bordellos, tents, and shanties. In 1876 the population was about 600.

Making Connections

Oct 18, 2019

On this date in 1907, it was announced that a telegraph school opened in Fargo. The Letford Telegraph and Railroad College opened its doors in the Dakota Business College. This was good news as government, businesses, and private citizens all relied on the telegraph.

Theodore Roosevelt’s first step into Dakota Territory was not to western cowboy country, but to Fargo-Moorhead. His first tangle with wildlife was with birds, not bison.

And when 21-year-old Theodore and his 20-year-old brother Elliott left the Red River Valley after ten days of hunting with new shotguns, the area was minus 208 critters – prairie chickens, ducks, plovers, coots, grebes and more. That was acceptable hunting style in September 1880.

The next month he would marry Alice. And over the next few years, Roosevelt became the youngest man elected to the New York State Assembly, published his first book The Naval War of 1812, and shot his first bison in the Badlands.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on this date in 1957, a tornado ripped through north Fargo. Called by many the “storm of the century,” it left 13 dead, more than 100 injured, and 329 homes destroyed. Churches, schools and other buildings were left in shambles.

3 Homes in 10 Days

Jun 19, 2019
Joshua Hinkemeyer

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is holding the Dakota Blitz 3:10 in the West Fargo area. The project is partnered by the Blitz Home Builders organization, who selected the area for their next project. Pete Christopher, Resource Development and Marketing Manager, says this project has been in the works for over a year. He says there will be around 100 volunteers from 19 different states participating. Executive Director Jim Nelson says that volunteer work is rewarding.

Fargo Mayor Johnson

Jun 14, 2019

Most of Dakota Territory’s early officials had colorful pasts before coming to this new home on the plains. That was certainly true of John Augustus Johnson, one of Fargo’s early mayors. He was born in Sweden and came to America in 1854, but shortly after arriving, his mother and two sisters died from cholera. His surviving family eventually settled in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Midwest Kids Fest

Jun 12, 2019
Joshua Hinkemeyer

 

The Midwest Kids Fest, done in conjunction with Sanford, is an opportunity to get out and enjoy the park with the whole family. Jessica Korynta, Event Specialist with the Park District, says it is a one-day extravaganza that offers everything a kid could want in a single location.

North Dakota Special Olympics Summer Games

Jun 7, 2019
Special Olympics North Dakota

The Special Olympics of North Dakota held their State Summer Games which included various amounts of Athletic events from Bocce Ball to Track and Field. Kaia Watkins, Games Director for the event, says she was happy to see such a great turnout for volunteers and athletes. Kaia says Special Olympics offers a lot to those who participate.

Fargorama

Jun 4, 2019

Fargo residents pulled out all the stops for the city’s 75th anniversary of incorporation. A weeklong celebration of daily events marked the occasion.

Fargo started as a railroad town along the Red River where the Northern Pacific Railroad crossed from Minnesota into Dakota Territory. The town was named after banker William G. Fargo and boomed as Dakota grew with the railroads. Today Fargo is North Dakota’s largest community. At the time of the celebration in 1950, it had a mere 38,000 residents.

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