Recreation

THE SKI JUMP

Casper Oimoen, a former Olympic skier, and winner of more than 400 trophies in his skiing career, returned to Minot for the 1973 Winter-fest to receive the Roughrider Award presented by Gov. Arthur Link.  Oimoen at one time competed in ski meets in Hannaford.

A native of Norway, he resided in Minot for some years before moving to Ashland, Oregon, in the mid 1960's following his retirement.  Oimoen was captain of the U.S. Olympic Ski team in 1936 in Hamburg, Germany.

During the time the Hannaford ski Jump was in use, many well-known skiers from in and out of North Dakota came here to participate.

Besides Oimoen, another outstanding skier was Pete Falstad.  Among the local participants were Ole Kalvik, Pete Kalvik, Otto Olson, Markus Bakken, Art Bakken, Harry Richardson, Johnny Sorenson and Al Lind, and others.

The ski slide was torn down during the 1960's.

Emily Larson

Source: Cooperstown, North Dakota 1882-1982 Centennial page 269

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