- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - Wahpeton doesn’t turn 150 years old for another three years, but officials are already preparing for the sesquicentennial celebration and hoping that something bigger than a party comes of it.

Roger Jensen, one of the organizers, said the creation of a city history book is one thing he hopes materializes. The lack of such a book became known when officials unsuccessfully tried to find a complete list of Wahpeton mayors.

“The State Historical Society said, ‘You know, we don’t have any book here on Wahpeton’s history,’” Jensen told the Daily News (https://bit.ly/1KrgHcE ). “Of all the major cities, we don’t have a ‘bootprint’ of Wahpeton.”

Jensen hopes to enlist the help of Richland County historians, collectors of vintage photographs and others.

Other preparations also are underway. The Red Door Art Gallery has begun talking about parties and receptions in honor of buildings and businesses that will have been in Wahpeton for at least a century, according to Renelle Bertsch, another organizer.

Officials also are looking to coordinate the efforts of the City Enhancement Organization, the Wahpeton-Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce and the Wahpeton Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“The point is, it’s not too soon to start,” Jensen said.


Information from: Wahpeton Daily News, https://www.wahpetondailynews.com

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