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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Empire Theater


Empire Theater – The Empire was located next to the Thomas Funeral Home. It was one of the last theaters of its type with the screen situated as it was, behind you as you enter the theater itself. The Empire also had a balcony, reportedly the home of many budding romances. At one point they also sold a Movie Series Package that provided a strip of 10 tickets for $2. Each ticket got you into a Saturday movie. They had the line-up set in advance with the movie name on each ticket. Among the movies shown as part of the series were "Five Weeks in a Balloon", "Zotz" and some of the "The Three Stooges Meet..." movies. As a Child, you could save the medallions form your milk cartons and redeem them for tickets to the Saturday show. At times various churches used the Empire Theater for their services when their church was going through construction or other mishaps. The Empire also held “live’ concerts at one time. In the late 60’s, my name was on a list of people banned from the Empire and at that time Oak Park Theater. One of my friends lit a cigarette in the balcony and inserted the fuse of a Cherry Bomb, (a very large firecracker) in the cigarette. When it burned down, the Cherry Bomb exploded. We could not go to the movies unless we found someone to open the back door so we could sneak into the theater. The site is now a parking lot for Trinity Hospital.





Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Montgomery Wards


Montgomery Wards – The building that was home to Montgomery Wards started life in 1933 when construction began. It is on the Northwest corner of Main Street and 1st Avenue . It replaced two smaller buildings that over the years, housed a lodge hall, a meat market, telephone exchange, a bank, post office, department store, and drugstore, among others. It became Montgomery Wards in May 1934. All floors with the exception of the top floor were used for retail. There was also an automotive repair department on the south side, near the alley. The Greenberg Men’s Store was next door. Greenberg’s exploded and burned in 1947. In 1958 Montgomery Wards added 25 feet to their building, expanding into the former Greenberg’s location. At that time they moved their automotive repair department to 3rd St Northeast, next to the White Ice Cream Building. The building was known as the Emporium and was owned by James McClintock of Edina, Minnesota. In September of 1982, the building was purchased by local business men and renovated to what it is today


Montgomery Wards - 1930's

Monday, April 23, 2018

Minot Auto Club


 The Minot Auto Club was organized to promote road building and maintenance, to better regulate traffic and to prevent Auto thefts. It held its first annual picnic at Rice Lake in June of 1921. It was attended by over 4000 people and more than 512 cars. In 1930 after his sixth accident, Judge William Murray considered issuing himself a restraining order prohibiting his diving an automobile anymore. Traffic signals were tried in various locations, but most drivers ignored them. They did not use them again until 1939. The city installed a signal at 2nd St NW and 4th Avenue and also in downtown Minot. In 1935 the State Patrol came into existence and drivers licenses were required. The new Patrol Superintendant and his four officers went to county seats like Minot and issued drivers licenses to reluctant drivers for payment of a small fee.


Early Minot Automobile

Friday, April 20, 2018

Minot Elks Lodge


Elks Lodge – The Minot Elks Lodge Number 1089 was chartered on July 12, 1908. The first location was on the Southwest corner of Main Street and 2nd Avenue. The cornerstone for this building was laid on May 22,1909. The First Exalted Ruler was LJ Palda. The Palda Family is the only family in Minot to have had father, son and grandson serve as Exhalted Rulers. The Elks Lodge eventually moved west to a new home on the Northwest corner of Broadway and 2nd Avenue. This building was 2 floors and a bar and parking in the basement. The upstairs ballroom was home to many parties and wedding receptions.



 Elks Lodge 1910 - Note Presbyterian Church in background







Elks Lodge - 1964

Thursday, April 19, 2018

1964 - Color TV Arrives in Minot


Color TV to Debut in Minot – September 1964 – KMOT-TV in Minot was expanding . They were introducing color TV to the area. KMOT was also expanding its coverage area by 32% and increasing their power by 500%. The evening would start with a kick-off pre-color show at 6:15 pm followed by “The Virginian” at 6:30 pm. All shows that evening were broadcast in color with the exception of the 10 pm news.  In the beginning there was to be 40 hours of color programming per week.


Minot Radio License


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Super Fair Foods


Fairway – Super Fair Foods – In 1964 there were two Super Fair stores in Minot. One at 338 2nd St NW (North Broadway) and the other at 1609 4th Ave. NW. Some of the specials in August were…. Frozen French fries – 9 cents foe a 9 oz package…. Frozen strawberries – 5 10 oz pkgs for $1.00 …. Sardines – 8 cents a can …. 5 fresh cantaloupe for $1.00 ….. ½ gallon of ice cream only 49 cents…. Super Fair stores also gave out Magic Stamps. A full book could be redeemed for $2.00…. The weekly dinnerware offer for the week was a coffee cup for only 9 cents. Super Fair also offered free delivery with a $5.00 order.



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

1968 Dining Specials


June 1968 Tuesday Night Specials – The Holland House Cafeteria in the Town & Country Center featured a complete Golden Fried Fish Dinner for $1.00 – all you could eat….. The Sweden House smorgasbord featured the Family Night Special. Henny Penny fried chicken, Swedish Meatballs, Liver and Bacon or Ocean Baked Perch … your choice, complete dinner for only 99 cents…… The Sweden House later became The Viking Table … then Jakes Spice & Spirit … and the Marketplace Dollar Store