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A Frozen Existence: Ice on the Red River of the North

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Comstock House

506 8th Street S

Moorhead, MN 56560

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At 6:30 on April 5, 2018 NDSU graduate student Lauren Wiese will come to the Comstock House as part of the Hiram M. and Ada M. Drache lecture series to discuss her research on the use of ice on the Red River.Ice has always been a part of life on the Red River of the North. In the early twentieth century, ice played a significant role in the Valley. Not only did the ice provide a source of recreation for Valley residents, it provided an opportunity for business and profit-making, as well as supplied residents and local businesses with a necessary cooling mechanism for perishables. However, ice also posed a threat to local residents and businesses. The frozen water slowed construction sites, caused ice jams, and increased pollution and related health issues during the winter. Today, the river’s ice is primarily used for recreation purposes. In Winnipeg, the Red River is transformed into an ice skating trail every winter. In the Fargo Moorhead area, you can still see local residents ice fishing on the Red’s frozen ice sheets. Although the use of the river’s ice has changed, the importance of the ice has not.

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