For the People

Riding the Mini Rails

Ours to Use and Enjoy


Ours to Use and Enjoy

When the U.S. Post Office and Court House opened in 1937, a flyer was circulated that said the building was… Read more »

Scotty’s Diner to Reopen in 2023

Toby Doeden has announced plans to not only reopen Scotty’s, but to reopen as the new and improved Scotty’s Diner.… Read more »

Aberdeen’s Palace on the Prairie

Twelve years have quickly flown by since my book, Palaces on the Prairie, was published by the North Dakota Institute… Read more »

Pioneer Buildings

I saw this picture pop up on Facebook a few weeks back. The author of the post said it was… Read more »


Ahead of Her Time

I walked ditches and roadsides on the outskirts of Aberdeen during the first annual Earth Day, held April 22, 1970,… Read more »

For the People

If you’ve ever spotted a group of women dressed as suffragettes at NSU or manning a voter registration booth at… Read more »

Riding the Mini Rails

My first model train—a hand-me-down toy from my brothers—was a Lionel locomotive with a big wind-up key that ran on… Read more »

Abbie Gardner: Framing Memories

One of the most famous residents of Spink County lived there about 16 years before the county was created, but… Read more »


Designing on Main Street

The business that would one day become Interior Design Concepts (IDC) started in 1973 when Dave Arlt and a partner… Read more »

Three Generations…and Counting?

One of the oldest family businesses in Aberdeen might not be around today if the second and third generation owners… Read more »

Manufacturing Opportunities

“I never imagined that I would work at DemKota,” recalled Marketing and Customer Service Manager Richelle Braun.  “Then, I went… Read more »

The Heart of Palm Garden

Situated on the corner of Third Street and Sixth Avenue South West is the Palm Garden Cafe and Chocolate Shoppe.… Read more »

Early History

Beautiful: The Country School Experience in Brown County

One hundred ten years ago, superintendent M.M. Guhin launched the first commencement exercises for eighth-grade graduates of Brown County rural… Read more »

Happy Birthday Aberdeen! Established 1881? 1880? 1882? 1883?

Most people haven’t noticed that 2021 is Aberdeen’s 140th birthyear. Previously we have celebrated the Golden Jubilee (1931, 50 years),… Read more »

Between Pandemics

By now, most of you have heard the incredible story of how the Presentation Sisters conceived a strategy to move… Read more »

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round ‘Til They Fall Off

Public Transportation in Aberdeen. For about Aberdeen’s first 70 years, there was a lot of interest in private public transportation—that… Read more »