Below is a link to a Grand Forks Herald story on May 6, 2023 by Leah Byzewski, the director of the Grand Forks County Historical Society regarding Thomas Walsh and his son George. They were a father and son that helped settle Grand Forks. Byzewski reports that upon first arriving at the site of the future Grand Forks in 1871 Thomas Walsh recalled seeing an old teepee, an oxcart and a couple of log cabins. We have come a long way since then!
On 12-19-2020 Curt Eriksmoen wrote a story for the Inforum about Hugh Maloney, one of the pioneer settlers of Grand Forks , ND. He was a steamboat captain on the Red River for city founder Alexander Griggs. He was also a city marshal and a city councilman. Notably In 1874, Hugh relocated his family from Reads Landing to Grand Forks, where he built his house, “the first frame building in Grand Forks,” and a hotel called the Mansard House in 1878. At the time it was called the first large hotel in North Dakota.
I have found three stories that Curt Eriksmoen has written for The Inforum network of newspapers about the 'Father of Grand Forks':
A 2-18-23 story by Curt Eriksmoen in the Grand Forks Herald that tells the curious story of a Grand Forks, ND settler named Michael McCormack who led a very active life:
and here is a followup story Mr Ericksmoen wrote about McCormack on 2-25-23
A series of three articles for Inforum News about Ralph Engelstad and his name sake state-of-the-art hockey arena at the University of North Dakota.
The Ralp Engelstad Hockey Arena has become an iconic fixture in our Grand Forks community. There is a lot of community pride in the success of the University of North Dakota hockey teams that call it home. The benefactor, Ralph Engelstad was central in the battle to retain "Fighting Sioux" as the logo for the team and University. Curt Moen, a reknowned area historian, delves into the controversial story in a three part series for Inforum in three articles on 11-26-22, 12-3-22 and 12-10-22:
About 78 or1979 I had a day job, as I tried to break into real estate. I 'assisted'' (meaning I was not a very good carpenter) the craftsman who did the onsite restoration of this building on the grounds at the Myra Museum. These days that guy, John Karlstad, is living the good life near Viroqua, WI and makes maple syrup with his Honey.
Here is the link to the March 6th, 2021 story from Inforum about that original post office in Grand Forks:
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Here is a story about one of the notable early settlers to Grand Forks, ND who platted Viet's Addition, the the first addition to the city after the Original Townsite.
The Director of the Grand forks County Historical Society also did a presentation on Frank and Nancy Viets that was recorded and posted to Youtube:
Here is a story about David Reeves, published in the Grand Forks Herald on Saturday, February 25, 2023, by a well regarded local historian who is the Director of the Grand Forks County Myra Museum. A tour of Grand Forks always includes a drive down Reeves Dr, historical street of elegant old homes.Reeves Dr is na
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