Back Then with Tracy Briggs

Midwest memories of the good old days and a few cool people we’ve met along the way.

Does Kerstin Kealy belong in the 1950s and how groovy is '70s-era Dana Mogck?
Mon Nov 28 14:54:00 EST 2022
The genealogy site MyHeritage has introduced a new feature that lets you (or photos of you) time travel to different decades. Hear which time period WDAY anchors Kealy and Mogck and Forum writers Tracy Briggs, Tammy Swift, John Lamb and Jeff Kolpack all belong.

To heck with the Rocky Mountains, it was Minnesota that inspired John Denver's first No. 1 song
Tue Nov 22 12:07:00 EST 2022
As the Fargo Theatre welcomes a John Denver tribute show Dec. 3, a look back at the Minnesotan who inspired more than one of his songs and how the state's cold spring inspired another.

The first American killed in the Vietnam War was born in Minnesota and died watching a movie
Wed Nov 16 09:04:00 EST 2022
Master Sgt. Chester Ovnand was born in Thief River Falls and also spent part of his childhood in Adams, North Dakota. He was assigned to an eight-man American Military Assistance Advisory Group sent to train South Vietnamese troops. He was stationed at a base camp in Bien Hoa, 20 miles northeast of Saigon, where trouble was brewing.

She was one of North Dakota's greatest athletes, so why is she still such a mystery?
Wed Nov 09 07:32:00 EST 2022
Beverly Hanson, a 1941 Fargo Central High graduate, was the first-ever winner of the LPGA Championship and had a hugely successful career in golf. So why isn't she better known?

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Moorhead was once the site of Minnesota’s worst aviation disaster
Sun Oct 30 05:17:00 EDT 2022
Fourteen people, including prominent CEO's and politicians, died on Oct. 30, 1941 when a Northwest Airlines plane crashed just outside the city. Only the pilot lived to tell the horrific story.

Why did one Minnesota town move Halloween? And 5 other surprises from Halloweens past
Wed Oct 26 09:30:00 EDT 2022
The Forum archives are full of hundreds of stories about Halloween celebrations, struggles and shenanigans. Here are 5 that might make you smile. 🎃

North Dakota man was once tallest in the world
Wed Oct 19 09:30:00 EDT 2022
North Dakota native Clifford Thompson, was believed to be the tallest man in the world from 1940 to 1955.

From satirical photos of Nazis to drugs and abortion, NDSU and Concordia student papers shook up campus
Wed Oct 12 05:30:00 EDT 2022
InForum recently published a story on student journalists at MSUM rocking the boat in 1971, but equally big storms were brewing at other FM campuses.

MSUM’s first student newspaper shut down for swearing and ‘mischief making’
Wed Oct 05 09:30:00 EDT 2022
As Minnesota State University Moorhead celebrates more than 50 years of The Advocate, a look back at its predecessor that ruffled more than a few feathers.

College students in ND used to devour 'Garbage Plates,' and they loved every minute of it
Wed Sep 28 08:30:00 EDT 2022
Why the Red Pepper became a late-night staple for generations of UND students.