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Great Northern's clock back up and running

The clock above Great Northern Bicycle Co., 425 Broadway N., Fargo, is running again and lit with red and green holiday lights after getting some repairs. Special to The Forum

FARGO—An old clock that rises above a downtown bike shop is running again in the nick of time for the holidays.

Owner Tom Smith reported earlier this month that the electrical motor that moves the clock hands above Great Northern Bicycle Co., 425 Broadway N., failed on Dec. 4. For a couple weeks, he turned the clock faces to 6 o'clock and shut it down until replacement parts could arrive.

Smith told The Forum that the clock was back up and running by Tuesday, Dec. 19, saying it was a fun project to see the "pretty clever craftsmanship" that made the device run smoothly long before transistors and computers. It's now lit with red and green holiday lights, he said.

This clock has displayed the time since 1906, and Smith and staff have been the clock keepers since Great Northern Bicycle Co. took over the building in 2008. The building originally was used as the Great Northern Depot.

The depot lost its clock faces in the mid-1930s, though a new clock replaced it April 15, 1941. That's what locals have seen ever since.

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson is the Features Editor for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He previously wrote for The Forum and the Grand Forks Herald.

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