The 2013 graduating class at Minot State University has walked the halls as students for the final time.
Which rings in MSU's centennial year.
MSU instructors Mark Timbrook and Jonathan Wagner have compiled two centennial books --- one photo history and one written history.
Timbrook says about 95 percent of the information he found in the archives was news to him.
His favorite story was how MSU came to be --- starting in 1898.
The population boom in North Dakota had out grown the supply of teachers in the state and the state legislature was forced to consider a fourth Normal School --- more than what was allotted for the state at the time.
After three approvals from the legislature over a span of six years, funding was approved but drastically cut --- which is why the west wing of the "Old Main" building was added years after MSU --- or the "Normal School" --- was opened.
The Normal School was fought for in the North Dakota Supreme Court twice --- and Minot officials even considered having a second town - "North Minot" before the school was opened in 1913.
Timbrook says Minot State's strong history is a good indication of its future.
(Mark Timbrook, MSU Instructional Design Coordinator) "It's probably going to be like it was the past one-hundred years. We'll have to fight on occasion. But the people that preceded us were pretty gutsy people, well educated, understood the world they lived in and they made it work."
Timbrook's pictorial account of Minot State's history was translated online: www.MinotStateU.edu/100
Webmaster Anton Huether says it will be an on-going project through the centennial year.
(Anton Huether, MSU Web Graphic Designer) "I think there's a lot of history that people don't know about. Like our involvement in the World Wars. The campus has changed and the focus has shifted. It's an evolutionary thing for years."
The new centennial website also has upcoming events and information about the "Power of 100" project MSU is hosting.
We'll have more on that in the coming weeks.