Bowling Alley Celebrates 60 Years

Minot, ND – A local bowling alley is celebrating their 60 year anniversary. 

North Hill Bowling has been owned by the same family for 6 decades. 

Reporter Nathalie Gomez has more on the story.

It was in 1957 that North Hill broke ground in Minot. 

 “There was a dairy farm here, my grandpa tipped it over and built a bowling center, he wanted something that created a little different revenue, something kind of more family oriented,” said Rory Selk who manages the Pro shop. 

Morris Anderson, a North Dakota native started with 16 lanes. 

“and now were at 60 years old and 40 lanes wide with a full restaurant and bar.

Rory now manages the Pro shop at North Hill and says he’s never thought about leaving. 

“I was here all through middle school, high school, I was just tying shoes, playing music when I was really young.”

he says bowling is easy

“Anybody can bowl,” Selk said. 

In 1957 North Hill bowl was the only bowling alley of it’s kind.

“At the time a lot of bowling centers had hand pin setters so there was a person that sat in the back of the lanes, sorted the pins and they pulled the lever and it set the pins down, they cleaned the pins off, they pushed the balls back and my grandpa didn’t want that,” Selk said. 

So he did something different

“when he started he got the automatic pin setters which a lot of bowling centers in the region didn’t have yet,” Selk said. 

The rest of the success came simply because bowling is a very user friendly game 

 Why do you like this bowling alley?

“cause there’s nice people here and it’s really fun”

North Hill continues to be a piece of the Minot community that everyone enjoys. 

“it feels great to be 60 years old and I can’t wait till 70,” Selk said. 

They are celebrating the milestone with specials for the public- all month long. 

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