Back Then with Tracy Briggs

Midwest memories of the good old days and a few cool people we’ve met along the way.

Dear West Acres, thanks for the memories
Wed Aug 03 05:00:00 EDT 2022
As Fargo-Moorhead’s biggest shopping mall turns 50, a look back at the ways West Acres helped shape generations of kids.

What is the first major news event you remember?
Wed Jul 27 05:30:00 EDT 2022
Whether it was the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated or when planes hit the World Trade Center, early news memories stick with you.

Moorhead's most famous Viking ship could have been destined for failure, but instead it became an icon
Wed Jul 20 05:30:00 EDT 2022
Forty years ago this summer, Robert Asp's Hjemkomst ship journeyed to Norway and into the history books.

The story of The Forum's 'girl reporter' who conquered Hollywood, but never forgot the folks at home
Wed Jul 13 05:30:00 EDT 2022
Trailblazing journalist Muriel Babcock started her journalism career selling Saturday Evening Posts as a child in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and she'd end it being one of the most powerful editors in the business.

It's been closed for 11 years, but customers of a Dilworth restaurant can't stop talking about that food
Wed Jul 06 05:30:00 EDT 2022
It was known as Cully's, then Willy's, but whatever the name, some area food lovers still remember their homestyle dishes.

You can find the recipes Tracy mentions at InForum here:

Wish you were here! Fargoans once sent postcards of Island Park to their friends
Wed Jun 22 05:30:00 EDT 2022
All of the talk recently of reinvigorating Island Park in Fargo sparked a sweet memory for 87-year-old Joanne Wilson of Moorhead.

Wilson recently found an old postcard her mother wrote to a friend in Wisconsin in 1910 featuring the park.

The young city (just 35 years old in 1910) was clearly proud of its oldest and grandest park, choosing it as the image to share of Fargo to out-of-town relatives.

The Prospect House is a hidden history gem in Minnesota lakes country
Mon Jun 13 14:14:38 EDT 2022
The Prospect House Museum at 403 Lake Avenue North in Battle Lake, Minnesota is almost easy to miss. Just off the main drag, it’s tucked away on a residential street like any other in lakes country.

But when owner Jay Johnson greets you, it’s pretty clear you’re about to have an adventure. Clad in overalls and a Civil War Union cap, Johnson ushers you inside the Georgian-style mansion, not for a leisurely stroll down memory lane, but a deep dive into one Minnesota family's past 140 years. And Minnesota’s premiere Civil War Museum just happens to be in the basement.


An Army physician recalls his days as a young patient in Fargo's 'Pest House'
Fri Jun 10 08:30:00 EDT 2022
After being diagnosed with scarlet fever as a nine-year-old, Donald Person was sent away — off to the Fargo City Detention Hospital, nicknamed the "Pest House."

"I was scared to death. I think I was the only patient there," Person says.

So what was this mysterious brick building at the corner of Elm Street and 11th Avenue North, what went on in there — and what ever became of the "Pest House"?

Find this story here:

Remembering the Schellhas boys and the Minnesota family's WWII sacrifice
Sun May 29 06:00:00 EDT 2022
On Memorial Day every year, we remember those who have died in service to our country. Sadly, some people face a greater burden than others. What happens to a family when they lose more than one soldier to war? How does it affect the parents and surviving children and the trajectory of the entire family?

This is a story about the Schellhas family of Minnesota who faced the unthinkable during World War II, but managed to survive, thrive and now remember years after trying to forget.

Their school days were so different from ours, but COVID-era graduates have an important message for us
Wed May 25 05:30:00 EDT 2022
Perhaps it’s unavoidable as a parent — when your child hurts, you hurt. When they’re sick, you’d rather be sick for them. But it doesn’t work that way, right? Still, the empathy we feel for them never goes away.

Ask any parent of a child who graduated either from high school or college these past three years. The classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 have certainly had a different school experience than their parents did. The pandemic made sure of that with its whole new world of online learning, masked-up, social-distanced events and all-out cancellations.