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Happy 65th Birthday to Phil Jackson!

Wildly considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NBA, Legendary Phil Jackson turns 65 today! Before his professional career took off, Jackson grew up and attended high school in Williston, North Dakota and proceeded to play basketball at the University of North Dakota.

Now, head coach of the Lakers, Jackson earned his 11th NBA championship (as coach) when the Lakers overtook the Boston Celtics this year in the 2010 NBA championship. He will continue to coach the Lakers for the 2010-11 season which begins in late October.

Experience North Dakota’s own professional D- league team, the Dakota Wizards! They jump-start their season on November 19 against the Iowa Energy at the Bismarck Civic Center. This will be a year not to miss out!

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Civil War Program, July 17, at Fort Union

Civil War history buffs will want to visit Williston on Saturday, July 17.

The Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site will host “Civil War at Fort Union,” an event including formal small arms drills and firing, artillery firing, and other formal and informal presentations throughout the post.

The Civil War came to the upper Missouri in 1864-65 when General Alfred Sully followed the Dakota Sioux west after the Minnesota uprising in 1862.  In addition, Company I, 30th Wisconsin Infantry was sent upriver to guard supplies at Fort Union trading post in the spring of 1864.  After a year’s occupation, Company I was replaced at Fort Union by Company B, 1st U.S. Volunteer Infantry.  These were “Galvanized Yankees,” ex-Confederate prisoners who had taken the oath of allegiance to the United States.  Company B occupied Fort Union until the middle of August 1865.

The programs are free of charge and will take place starting at 1 p.m.

Fort Union Trading Post is located 25 miles southwest of Williston, North Dakota via Highway 1804 and 24 miles north of Sidney, Montana.  For more information, call 701 572-9083.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2010 in Events, History

 

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So much to do this weekend, so little time!

As we sit and discuss upcoming events in our tourism office, and what everyone has planned for this “hopefully nice weather” weekend that kicks off today, we started realizing that (in our opinion) the kickoff of summer is happening this weekend! This is when we all realize there is much to prepare for, so we scurry back to our offices to get some work done. Both the Fort Union Rendezvous (19th Century fur trading fair)- Fort Union, Williston and the North Dakota High School Finals Rodeo in Bowman started yesterday goes through until Sunday (20th). The 20th Annual Missouri River Bluegrass Festival at Cross Ranch State Park starts tonight, as well as Happy Days Festival in Lisbon and of course, Lewis and Clark Days in Washburn. It doesn’t stop there…. Rally in the Valley kicks off tonight in Valley City and goes until Sunday and Aneta is celebrating its 50th Annual Turkey Barbecue on Sunday only. Save the best for last for all you motorcycle enthusiasts, Cavalier will be holding its 14th Annual Cavalier Motorcycle Ride-In on Sunday that will attract more than 600 motorcycle travelers. Wooff… that is a lot of events so I hope all of you are ready for North Dakota’s first official crazy- fun summer weekend! We all sure are!

 

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Alex Mergen – U R Legendary!

An unidentified angler stands with the record paddlefish caught by Alex Mergen

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has confirmed that a youth from South Dakota has landed a new, state-record paddlefish.  Alex Mergen, 16, of Rapid City, SD can now claim he’s caught the largest fish in North Dakota.  The paddlefish was confirmed to be at least 130 pounds.  (The rumor is that the Game and Fish scale only goes to 130 pounds.)

The record fish was caught Sunday morning on the Missouri River near Williston.  It reportedly was 74-inches and took 10 minutes to land.  The paddlefish season opened this past weekend and continues through the end of the month.

Congratulations Alex – we think You Are Legendary!!

 

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It’s National Parks Week!!!!!

It’s National Parks Week and a great time to see spring blooming in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  All week long, entrance fees to the park will be waived.  Enjoy the history, beauty and adventure without giving cost another thought.

North Dakota has two additional national park sites: Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site – once home to a Hidatsa Indian village and Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site – the most important fur trading post on the upper Missouri from 1828 to 1867.  These national historic sites are free to visit all-year long.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2010 in Events, Family Fun, History, Just for Fun

 

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It’s National Library Day

National Library Day is the perfect time to write about the beautiful historic libraries found in North Dakota.  There are a handful of ND libraries on the National Register of Historic Places.

The North Dakota State Library is a wealth of the state’s history and archives.  Free tours are available.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Attractions, History

 

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No foolin’ – lots of cool news

Painted Canyon Visitors Center Opens

Painted Canyon overlook

April 1 marks the opening of the Painted Canyon Visitors Center at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  The stunning views make this stop a must-see for shutterbugs.  There are also hiking trails and cool interpretation.

The scenic drives have officially opened in both the North Unit and South Unit of TR National Park.  Spring is a great time to catch wildlife roaming the Park.

Golf Courses Opening

Prairiewood, Rose Creek and Osgood Golf Courses in Fargo have opening.  Bully Pulpit Golf Course in Medora is expected to open April 9.  Hawktree Golf Club in Bismarck is looking to open between April 10-14 and the Links of North Dakota near Williston is planning an April 17 opener.  Dust off those clubs and start swinging!

Hot Diggity Dog

If springtime is making you hungry for hot dogs and baseball games – tune in tonight (April 1) to the new episode of “Food Tech” (airing at 8 p.m. CST) on the History Channel.  “Food Tech” takes a look at the making of Cloverdale hot dogs – the official hot dog of the Seattle Mariners.  Catch a clip here.

 

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