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Non-Fiction Unexplained

7 More True Stories That Should Be Movies

Now and then, when I’m reading something new, I say to myself “Holy cow! That should be a movie,” and then I usually add it to a list for some future day when I have time to blog about it. You can read the previous examples, 12 Real Stories Begging for Movie Treatment, and 9 […]

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Podcasts / Audio

Strange Lands, Episode 4: The Oscar 7 Event

In the early morning hours of October 24, 1968, two alarms sounded in the Oscar 1 Launch Control Center. The alarms were OZ, outer zone, and IZ, inner zone, perimeter alerts at the United States Air Force’s Oscar 7 missile silo, down the highway from the Launch Control Center. While OZ alerts were frequently tripped […]

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Podcasts / Audio

Strange Lands, Episode 1: The Horror Legend Forged in a Volcanic Winter

1816 was known as the Year Without a Summer. Observers in all parts of the globe reported cooler than normal weather, a dry fog that would not dissipate with the wind or rain and a dimmed sun which appeared red even at the height of day. Crops failed in numbers previously unseen and famine, riots, […]

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Art

Found Photos: 1930s Minnesota

Found photos are a simple pleasure. I get a lot of enjoyment from looking at old postcards and photos, and trying to tease out the details from the clues in the photographs. I enjoy it so much that I actually spend real money on the occasions when I discover lots of photos and/or negatives in […]

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Podcasts / Audio

War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast

For young people living in the time of the world wide web and the 24 hour news culture, it can be hard to appreciate the reality of a time when newspapers and radio broadcasts were the only official sources for news, but that was the situation in 1938. Television as we know it did not […]

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Local History

Fargo: Then and Now

These are some teaser images from a book we’re working on, a photographic history of Fargo featuring present day photos that are reshoots of classic shots from the photographers of the Farm Security Administration. This video incorporates the previous animation I posted featuring old Shanley High School, and several new animations showing “Then and Now” […]

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Local History

Devastation in the Aftermath of the 1957 Fargo Tornado

In the course of putting together a few coffee table books, we’ve spent a lot of time rooting through boxes of postcards at estate sales and antique stores, hunting down old photographs, and perusing eBay for the occasional treasure. Over the years, we’ve amassed quite a collection, with the intention of using them in a book […]

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Unexplained

1966 Northern UFO Outbreak

When I posted a story about a 1966 UFO sighting in Donnybrook, North Dakota, I was inundated with messages from people who said there was a whole other series of things happening that year. This is that story. In the fall of 1966, people in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the bordering Canadian provinces began […]

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Local History

The Original Fargodome

Some years ago when I was researching some historic Fargo happenings, I ran across an obscure webpage that featured a short blurb about a place called the Fargo Arena. If you know where Island Park Pool is, you’ve probably seen the remains of the Fargo Arena without giving it a moment’s thought. The strange, seemingly […]