This photo from March 1943 shows the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball champs as they leave for the national tournament in Kansas City. The players, left to right, are Clifford, Fritzemeier, Stone, Krueger, White, Hull and Turnwall. The yearbook describes the 1942-43 team as one of DWU’s greatest, with a record of 19 consecutive wins, for one of the longest undefeated strings in the country. Coached by Lester Belding, the season record was 21-2, including a 50-30 loss to Cape Girardeau at the national tournament. Photo from the Dakota Wesleyan University Archives.

Published in the March 5th, 2019 Daily Republic.

West Side of Main Street looking North from Second Street. Circa early 1900's.

Published in the January 15th, 2019 Daily Republic.


This is the south side of Main Street in Ethan. Many of the businesses got started in the 1800's. The first designated school building housed grades 1-8 in 1883. The depot/water tower was established in 1880 before the train tracks came to town.

Photo courtesy of Carnegie Resource Center


Published in the January 8th, 2019 Daily Republic.

Back in Time 2019

Presidential candidate George McGovern with an unidentified man on Mitchell’s Main Street, 1972. Note Tradehome Shoes and the Corn Palace in the background.

Photo credit Dakota Wesleyan University Archives.


​Published in the March 19th, 2019 Daily Republic.

Photo taken on March 11, 1897, at 11th and Main in Mitchell. Note that the gentleman is standing on the peak of a roof.


Published in the February 5th, 2019 Daily Republic.

Photo is circa 1888: Mitchell Main Street looking north at the corner of Second Avenue and Main. Store at the left is L.O. Gale Pharmacy, Jewelry and Book Store. In 1992, Worthing Clothing (Western Wear) was in this location.


Published in the January 29th, 2019 Daily Republic.

A view looking northeast from the Milwaukee Railroad Roundhouse. Date of this photo is uncertain. The “new” depot (currently The Depot restaurant), is located just north of the roundhouse. Other familiar landmarks can be discerned in the photo.


Published in the February 26, 2019 Daily Republic.

East Side of Main Street looking North from Second Street. Circa early 1900's.

Published in the January 22nd, 2019 Daily Republic.

First National Bank in Alexandria, circa 1902. This closed in 1931. It housed the Masonic Lodge, Bleeker Law Office, and Northern States Power Company. The Security State Bank organized in 1940.


Published in the February 12th, 2019 Daily Republic.

View from Railroad Street looking north on Lawler. Date of the photo is uncertain. Front building is the original wood depot, center building is the Milwaukee Freight House and the tall building with all the windows is the current Daily Republic building. Other Mitchell landmarks can be identified as well. 


Published in the February 19th, 2019 Daily Republic.


The Beulah Methodist Episcopal Church, nine miles south of Alexandria in 1922. Photo by Erwin C. Paustian, director of the Department of Rural Leadership at DWU. It was an open country church that was built under the leadership of Rev. J.H. Dimmit, 1905-06. When the Beulah Church disbanded, its members joined the Alexandria Methodist Church.

Archives of the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church, DWU


Published in the March 12th, 2019 Daily Republic.