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Leith Celebrates 105th Birthday

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A small town with a troubled past now has a reason to celebrate.

Leith, North Dakota will hold an event this weekend in honor of its 105th birthday.

Ben Smith speaks with residents who are getting ready to celebrate their town's return to normalcy.


With only 16 residents, the town of Leith, North Dakota is small. 

 But it's getting ready for something big.

"We're a hundred and five years old and we're still going strong."

Sisters Judy Roth and Peggy Arndt grew up here.

"There is just this special feeling about Leith.  Everybody used to like to come to Leith, to the movies, to the dances."

And their family was no exception.

"We came every Saturday night to this show hall, which is what we called it, to the movies."

But there are things about their town these sisters would like to forget.

One of them is located right across the street from the show hall.

It was in this house that white supremacist Craig Cobb lived when he tried to take over Leith, forcing the small town into the national spotlight.

Cobb was convicted of terrorizing and has since moved to another part of the state.

With Cobb gone, these sisters are ready to celebrate the town's 105th birthday.

A fun day planned for the residents of Leith, and a chance to put the past behind them.

"We're just glad Leith survived everything and in good shape and nothing happened here tragically."

For these sisters, this town may not be quite what they remembered.

"There so many memories here of everything.  And now, somebody kind of tried to dampen it."

But to them... it will always be home...

I think we're celebrating because we are all still here, and the town is still pretty good."

Ben Smith 


Over 500 hundred people are expected to attend the Leith celebration.

The event will kick off with a parade at 10 am tomorrow.

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