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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.


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.

St. Mary’s, Fargo’s Catholic cathedral, wasn’t yet completed when hundreds of visitors and many priests gathered to dedicate the structure. People came from all over North Dakota, arriving by train in time for the 10 a.m. event, which took place on this date in 1899.

Donald Sorlie

May 10, 2019

On this date in 1962, residents of North Dakota read with interest about their connection to a young man selected to work for a relatively new, but well-known agency – NASA. Major Donald M. Sorlie was one of eight test pilots selected for a new space pilot course.

It was early April of 1903 when North Dakota welcomed the second sitting U.S. president to visit the state. The first, Rutherford B. Hayes, famously toured the giant Dalrymple farm, the first of the famous Bonanza Farms of the Red River Valley – the largest wheat operations in the world.

Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota’s adopted son, was the second; and the two-day trip through Dakota’s plains was a homecoming for him.

Fargo Mayor declares emergency ahead of spring flood

Mar 18, 2019
D. Webster

The Mayor of Fargo has declared an emergency ahead of this spring's flood fight.

Jonny Lang

Jan 29, 2019

On this date in 1981, Jon Gordon Langseth Jr. was born in Fargo. One evening, his father took him to see the Bad Medicine Blues Band. That led to some guitar lessons from band member Ted Larson. Next thing you know, Jon joined the band. And at age 12, Jon Gordon Langseth Jr. became Jonny Lang, with the band renamed “Kid Jonny Lang and The Big Bang.” Jonny’s first album with the band was released when he was just 13 years old.

Canadian Eva Gauthier was one of the most prominent singers of the first half of the 20th century. In 1923, she made history when she included six jazz pieces in a concert of classical music at New York’s Aeolian Hall. The audience was stunned to have modern composers like George Gershwin listed on the same bill as Debussy, Stravinsky and Ravel. The mezzo-soprano’s accompanist was George Gershwin, and she’s largely given credit for launching his career that night.

One month after that historic concert, Miss Gauthier brought her controversial repertoire to Fargo. The following day, the headline read, “Eva Gauthier’s Program Sets Whole Town Buzzing: Many People Are of Two Minds Regarding Jazz Numbers – Some Reluctantly Admit That They Like Them – Others Keep Silent or Condemn Them.”