NORTHWOOD, N.D. — In the heart of the Red River Valley, there was a very special birthday party as North Dakota's favorite senior celebrated another record year.

On Friday, Aug. 28, Iris Westman turned 115 and the town of Northwood came out to celebrate.

A firetruck and EMS vehicles showed up at the birthday party in celebration of Westman's record-breaking birthday.

Westman was born in 1905 on a farm near Aneta, N.D., and she remembers the day they got their first telephone.

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At her celebration, great-great grandnieces and nephews came to celebrate with Westman, as well as her niece. In fact, nearly the whole town came out during the outdoor parade-style party that is now becoming a pandemic tradition.

Westman went to the University of North Dakota in 1928 and studied to become a teacher. She was also a landowner and never married. She still gets a monthly pension.

For Iris' relatives, she is living family history. Her 115th birthday adds another chapter to that.