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Friday, March 27, 2015

Blizzard – January 1975 –I

In early January, 1975 a severe blizzard pounded Minot and the surrounding area. Temperatures were in the 30 below range and winds were howling at 50 mph. The Minot Radar based had sustained winds of 40 mph and an estimated wind chill of 85 below zero. Eight people in the state and hundreds head of cattle perished in the storm. Many people were stranded in their vehicles for as long as 24 to 36 hours before being rescued. One man survived by burning scraps of paper and cardboard in a thermos to survive. In the pictures of Highway 83 between Minot and the Air Force Base, the road was littered with stranded vehicles… reminiscent of many storms and poor road conditions in future years.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Auto Dine –

The Auto Dine on North Broadway was, at the time, an odd shaped almost round building that was home to The Big Otto Burger. I really don’t remember much about it other than in my high school and college days I would eat there quite often, so the food must have been good, at least in my estimation. In 1967 the Manager of Auto Dine presented the Minot State Home Coming Queen and Auto Dine Gold Card…. (perhaps she could eat free???? – not sure). The homecoming special for all alumni was a free Big Drink with the purchase of every Big Otto Sandwich for 42 cents.

 Auto Dine Building on left during 1969 flood
Auto Dine catering ad

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

August 1947 Grocery Stores in Minot #2 --

 Cut Rate Food Markets …. Nor sure of location …. Specials – 12 pints of strawberries for $3.90. an 8 pound bag of onions for 59 cents and Taste Rite bread 1 ½ pound loaf for 16 cents ….. Red & White Grocery Stores – 6 locations in Minot – Parkway Grocery – 823 4th Ave SE – Garden Valley Grocery – in Garden Valley (4th Ave NW ) . – B&L Food Market – 17 1st Ave SW – Shirley’s Grocery – 17 West Central Avenue – Hi-Way Food Market – 223 2nd St SW (South Broadway) – South Hill Grocery --  212 8th Ave SE – all featuring a 28 0z. bottle of Canada Dry soda for 20 cents plus deposit … 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

August 1947 Grocery Stores in Minot – #1

Oppen’s Super Markets – Oppen’s had two stores in 1947. One on Valley Street one on Central Avenue. Specials included Folgers Coffee – 45 cents for a one pound can, Jello and Jello puddings for 7 cents, home baked pies for 50 cents and vine ripened cantaloupe – 17 cents each…. Bergman’s Super Value – one block north of the Third St. Viaduct …. Specials included a 14 pound case of plums for $1.25 and a 14 pound lug of apricots for $1.33 …. Red Owl Super Market – on Main Street … Cracker Jacks for 4 cents a box and 20 pounds of Bartlett pears for $1.98 ….

 Red Owl - 1934 - on 1st Ave SW
Red Owl - late 1950's - Main Street

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Fair Department Store

Ellisons – The Fair Department Store – The first Fair Store was opened in Minot in 1902 on Main Street, in a location next to and south of what is now Western paint. It was like most stores of the time with a 25 foot frontage. In 1910 the Ellisons moved the store a block south into a new building known as The Fair Block, just south of the intersection of Main Street and 2nd Avenue. In 1929 a newer building was added at the corner and adjacent to The Fair Block. The new building, a large 2 story building with a basement, eventually incorporated The Fair Block in 1955 giving Ellisons a 100 foot store front on Main Street. During the Diamond Jubilee in 1961, Ellisons ran a contest to see who could bring in the oldest sales slip showing merchandise purchased at the store. The winner received a wool blanket…. Unfortunately I do not know who won or how old the receipt was. 

 the original store
Ellison's on Main Street - early 1900's

Friday, March 20, 2015

Look into the Future – NSP - 1961

 In 1961 NSP placed an advertisement in the newspaper predicting some of the things that would come to be in the future….. some of these were Instant checkout in stores – Electronic devices will scan purchases and add the bills to give you your total due ….. Automatic Cleaner – A machine that will vacuum, wash, rinse, dry and wax floors by itself then scoot back to the its niche in the baseboard , empty any waste and wait for the next job…… Automatic Wall Painter – Walls will be built with panels that incorporate a chemical that will change color when electricity is applied….. change your wall colors to match your mood……. Cooling Blanket – A blanket that will heat and/or cool at your discretion ….. Make Disposable Tableware - with a touch of the dial and throw them away afterwards – or If using your finest china, you will be able to clean and sterilize in 3 minutes with ultrasonic waves.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

1970 - Wild West Show –

 it came to Minot in August of 1970…. Tommy Scott’s  Country Caravan and Wild West Show featuring Col. Tim MCCoy. The shows were held at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. The caravan claimed to have 10 carloads of radio, TV and recording stars direct form Hollywood and Nashville. Some included The Hollywood Hillbillies, Dave DeLock, the world’s fastest six gun , sharpshooting and rope spinning act. There was also real cowboys and Indians, circus acts and funny clowns. The Masked Rider from TV fame was also appearing. Tickets were $2.00 and the show was sponsored by the Minot Sertoma Club