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Non-Fiction

So Many Secrets, part 4: A Midnight Run

In the summer of 1957, a just-founded independent film company shot their first feature film in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in the small communities of Downingtown, Phoenixville, and several others. The movie was intended to be a low-budget scream feature to satisfy teenage drive-in audiences, and the title changed at various points in its development — […]

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Non-Fiction

So Many Secrets, part 2: A DNA Match

It was Christmas of 2016 when my wife, Rebecca, bought me an Ancestry DNA kit. She’s a genealogy nut and knew I was interested in tracing my family tree one day. In all honesty, I didn’t think I would come up with much because my family background is rough.

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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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Local History Technology / Space

How a North Dakota Meteorite Impact Helped Create an Oil Boom

Did you know North Dakota is home to an ancient impact crater? Geologists, and many in the oil industry, have known about Red Wing Crater for decades, but I didn’t know anything about it until I searched “North Dakota impact craters” on a whim one day and discovered a fascinating story.

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Local History

Fargo Flood, Then and Now

On Saturday, March 28th, 2009, I went to take photos of the Red River in Fargo. We had been fighting the rising river for weeks by that time, and we were in the final stage of the flood fight, waiting for the crest, predicted to be 42 to 43 feet. If I remember correctly, the […]

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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 […]

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Unexplained

A UFO Touchdown in Donnybrook

This post was inspired by the news that an internet archivist, John Greenewald, had recently released for download the UFO files he’d been collecting for decades via relentless Freedom of Information Act Requests. After searching the database, we found several North Dakota UFO cases which we’ll be highlighting here, beginning with Project Blue Book file […]