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Killdeer gearing up for Centennial celebration

The streets of Killdeer will be lined with cars and the sidewalks filled with people greeting one another as the Killdeer Centennial gets underway on Wednesday evening.

The Killdeer Centennial Committee has planned five days of activities that center around the long-standing Killdeer Mountain Rodeo and an all-school reunion.

“The committee is not huge, but we’ve probably held meetings for 1 ½ years,” committee member Dawn Muscha said. “We’ve tried to encompass the whole community with events for every age.”


The city of Killdeer is sponsoring three street dances, starting with nationally known Gwen Sebastian at 9 p.m. Wednesday. A second street dance is Thursday with music by Tigirlily and Dirty Word, and the final dance is Friday with music by 32 Below.


The all-school reunion kicks off with registration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Killdeer school.

“The earliest graduate to sign up is from the class of 1935,” co-chairman Linda Wallace said.

More than 750 graduates and their spouses have registered for the dinner on Thursday evening in the school gymnasium. There will be class reunions, tours and DVDs from the previous reunions.

Wallace, who graduated with the class of 1965, is looking forward to seeing her classmates. She helped create an all-school reunion book that lists the graduates, their emails, occupation and number of children. Her daughter pulled pictures from the annuals to print in the book.

“Quite a number of people who are unable to come, have ordered them,” Wallace said.

Thursday concludes with the rodeo at 6:30 p.m. on the rodeo grounds, and a street dance.


Friday, July 4th, highlights a number of centennial events. It starts with rodeo slack at 10 a.m. The Dunn County Cruisers will have a car show in Cobblestone Inn parking lot. The High Plains Cultural Center is serving a barbecue lunch at the Lions Park to raise money for the center.

The Centennial parade starts at 2 p.m. on Friday followed by a salute to veterans and opening of the time capsule starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial.

“The last time it was opened was at the 75th celebration,” Muscha said. “I’m anxious to see what’s in it.”

The second rodeo kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on the rodeo grounds, followed by a street dance and Fourth of July fireworks display.

“We have awesome Fourth of July displays in Killdeer,” Muscha said. “We encourage everyone to watch the display.”


Saturday is more subdued, with a Color 5K family walk-run at the Medicine Hole Golf Course. The day concludes with a barbecue meal being served at Lions Park.


Sunday is the day set aside to give thanks. Cowboy church will be led by Lutheran church at the rodeo grounds. It follows with a brunch.

Committee member Dawn Marquardt has been counting down the days until the Centennial begins.

“We’re excited to have all the activities going on,” she said. “There will be lots of different things to see and listen too.”

She’s anxious to see what’s inside the time capsule.

“We have no idea — a sealed envelope was filed away that tells what’s inside,” she said.

Area businesses may still register for the parade. They should call the Killdeer City Hall for details.

“We wanted to hold the centennial with the rodeo and Fourth of July,” Marquardt said. “I think, because it’s with the reunion, it’s something people will all remember and want to experience again.”