Early in December 25 years ago, the Herald carried a warning for anglers to beware of thin ice. Thin and dangerous ice still covered many lakes and rivers of North Dakota and Minnesota, said a story by Kevin Grinde of the Herald.
The income tax, regarded as the most power conferred on American government since the government’s foundation, started 100 years ago. The story in the Herald in 1913 said the tax was on the path to bring billions into the public treasury.
Long before there were bridges over the Red River here, there were men who had contracts for carrying the mail between Fort Abercrombie (near the present-day town of Wahpeton, N.D.) and Pembina, near the Canadian border.
The Sorlie Bridge seemed large enough and heavy enough in 1929 to adequately care for traffic needs for the next 50 years. And the bridge has served well beyond. It now has reached the ripe old age of 84 with prospects for its replacement.
One hundred years ago, there was worry and concern over the shrinking of Devils Lake, or Lake Minnewaukan, as it was called by American Indians.
Today, of course, there is worry and concern over the large amount of water that has crept up and over the land around the lake.
A committee of 100 was formed 50 years ago with Don Brusegaard of Gilby, N.D., as chairman. The committee would back the independent candidacy of the late John Scott in an Oct. 22, 1963, special election for the U.S. House. He was seeking to fill the seat vacated by the death of Hjalmer Nygaard.
Some things never change. Twenty five years ago a Herald editorial was deploring the fact that school was running a week before Labor Day. And political campaigning every two years was called a distraction from the meaning of the day.
Grasshoppers ravaged crops and lightning struck the brick factory here 75 years ago. There was a move afoot to set the salaries of city commissioners at $5 a month. A dedication ceremony was held for the new baseball park on Washington Street.
There were afternoon and evening performances when the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus came to Grand Forks 50 years ago. A caravan of trucks came into the city carrying 800 people, 200 animals and 10 acres of canvas. There were two shows on Aug. 15, 1963, and the big event was under the auspices of the Grand Forks Sertoma Club.
The weather was hot. The bargains were great. The Canadian dollar was strong. And all seemed well in Grand Forks 25 years ago in August. The Herald called the rising value of the Canadian dollar a “blessing.” There were more shoppers around.
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