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Centennial a Success!
Viking, Minnesota recently celebrated it's Centennial with a week-end celebration July 29th through the
31st. The celebration was marked with a Friday night program, a celebratory Saturday that began with a parade and ended
with a dance then Sunday Zion Lutheran celebrated their Centennial while the Covenant Church enjoyed past memories with their
I spoke recently with Viking's Mayor, Ardelle Anderson. mayor Anderson stated in a phone interview
that the Centennial was better than they had hoped.
Friday Night's program was titled "Reacquaint and Reminisce"
and was attended by approximately 300 people. Hal and Ardelle Anderson's girls (Diane Haven, Tammy
Swanson, and Shelly Melby) performed "the Boogie Woogie Bugel Boy of Company B" to the crowd's delight. Tammy
Swanson's daughter and a friend performed a dance routine that was absolutely uplifting. These two little gals had performed
in New York and Las Vegas and we all had the honor of watching one of their routines.
Steve Hjelle and Mike Olson performed solo-Steve accompanied by Jan Klopp, former music teacher at Viking
Elementary. Mike performed "America the Beautiful" using his own accompaniment and finished out
the evening in grand style. The Halvorson clan performed two stirring selections (man they're talented) then later
Chuck Bahr and Bernice Grandstrand each read a poem of memories of Viking. Friday's ceremonies were emceed by
Grand Forks Herald columnist Grant Nelson from www.ruralreflections.net. Friday's ceremonies were broadcaston Pioneer 90.1 Fm for those who were unable to attend. This broadcast
was sponsored by Enbridge (the former Lakehead Pipeline).
The parade on Saturday included 141 different exhibits. The exhibits were backed up to the old Tangquist
farm and back to the old Gene Nelson place, now the Steve and Gena Nelson farm. An educated guess of people
who attended the Saturday celebration was "at least 2000-probably more.
Train rides were offered Saturday from noon until two and were well-attended. The train took two cars
of people out as far as Lilac Ridge and then back to Viking. The present site of Viking was created as a result of the
"Drake" railroad line coming through so this was a significant interactive exhibit.
Jerome Peters has put together a very nice museum for Viking and it was very popular to those who attended
The museum is located just southest of the Viking Diner. Speaking of the diner, Marg said she pretty much
ran out of everything bythe time Saturday's festivities were completed.
Sunday found packed churches at Zion and the Covenant church. Zion was celebrating it's Centennial
also and hey'd invited past ministers. Pastor Hofrenning, Moberg and Chell were seen about (there may have been more,
I got this second hand) who had all served Zion church previously.
If you missed the celebration you can still capture the memories in bound and printed form or audio.
Zion Lutheran books can be purchased at the Post Office from Gloria Ness, the Viking city Centennial books are stocked at
the Viking Diner and you can purchase a copy of the Friday night program by calling Travis Ryder at Pioneer 90.1 Fm at 218-681-0791,
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Viking Flies a Capitol Flag
Next time you stop at the Community Center in Viking, look at the flag. In celebration of Viking's
Centennial, the State of Minnesota presented the city with a flag of the United States of America that once flew above the
Capitol building. A certificate accompanied the flag and is held by the city of Viking.
Glady Krohn's Centennial tree
During Friday night's Centennial program there was a surprise gift. 95 year-old Gladys Krohn gave
a shirt, emotional speech where she told of how fondly she remembered her time in Viking. Gladys is now a resident of
Williams, Minnesota but she and her husband Alec lived and ran a garage business in Viking until 1941. Gladys
presented the city of Viking with a lovely tree to mark the Centennial. The tree and her memories will be cherished.
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Bringing in the Sheaves
It will soon ber harvest time around Viking. Anderson's were cutting alfalfa just a few days ago and
I suspect that anyone with barley will soon be swathing. Crp opened up for cutting on August 1st so that should be in
full swing if anyone plans to cut. This has been a strange summer and even though we had so much rain in June and early
July, we could actually use an inch right now. It's been hot and dry with temps in the nineties.
Dry in a Dry Town
After Friday night's Centennial program, I was pretty dry. I had the honor of providing emcee services but
it was a hot, dry night and I had sweated out a high percentage of my body weight. I told my wife after
the program that I wanted a warm gal and some cold beer. My wife was the obvious warm gal but as Viking has always been
dry, the cold beer would have to wait. We headed for home but as we crossed Highway One, I took a quick look at Carpenter's
Corner and there was Mike Anderson's pick-up. Mike and I are close friends so Lisa and I stopped in for a bit.
Mike had listened to the Centennial program on Pioneer 90.1 Fm while he cut barley just south of Carpenter's
Corner. He had enjoyed the program so we had a few cool ones seated inside a real piece of history, Carpenter's
Corner. Others came and went thoughout the evening but Lisa, Louie, Mike and I sat there and had a great
conversation. I think Louie is 94 now and he is sharp, witty and a real gent.