Bob Lind, Published September 05 2011
Lind: A positive rundown of the marathon
Duane Midboe of Climax, Minn., watched it. “All 23,000 runners had to go past me to get to the finish line,” he writes.
“Man, what an event!” Duane exults. “I’ve seen 96 top caliber athletes lined up at the Fargodome many times, but never 23,000.”
Some of Duane’s observations of the event:
- They were “technology savvy”; he saw a runner with a leg monitor.
- It was “environmentally friendly (with) hardly a gum wrapper to pick up when it was over.”
- There were “23,000 winners.” And “23,000 good stories, unique stories, behind the effort.
- “You could lose out on ‘Xth’ place by .0001 second and there were no hard feelings. Nobody held up things with a recount.
- “The emotion of the event lifted the entire Fargo-Moorhead community, not just those in the dome.
- “Lawrence Gunderson, of Climax, who built the dome, would be proud.
- “No technical fouls were called.
- “No drugs. No cheaters.”
- “The dollars invested per competitive mile were a lot less than at a Vikings game.
- “In this sport, it’s all right to be old and just be a ‘supporter’ of those doing the running.
- “Many of the out-of-towners were just native Nodaks coming back home.”
Thanks for the marathon rundown, Duane.
Four Star Café
Many people will be having picnics today, Labor Day. But others will be hitting their favorite cafés.
Years ago, it might have been the Four Star in Fargo. It’s one of the old cafés that still bring up delicious memories.
After a reader asked about the Four Star, Clay County Historical and Cultural Society archivist Mark Peihl of Moorhead provided information about it.
It was located at 409 NP Ave. between the Cole Hotel and the Hotel Tweeden. The city directories of 1938 and 1940 listed William F. Dey as its owner.
William and his wife, Marie, also lived in the building.
The restaurant was around for a long time, Mark found, but William had it for only a few years. Mark says telephone directories indicate William took it over in 1937 and renamed it the Four Star.
It is listed in phone books through the December 1940 volume. The society doesn’t have a 1941 phone book, but its 1942 book doesn’t list the café and the 1942 city director lists the building as vacant.
Today, Mark says, the site is part of the parking lot on NP Avenue across from the Ground Transportation Center.
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