Car slams into, damages legendary Dairy Queen in Moorhead

The famous DQ was forced to shut down afterwards.
Publish date:

A beloved fast food icon in Moorhead is picking up the pieces after a vehicle collided into it this weekend, leaving some (thankfully not serious) damage.

According to a release from the city, a car crashed into the Dairy Queen at 24 S. 8th Street on Saturday morning — the result of an accident that had happened just moments before.

The release says the suspect vehicle had been traveling eastbound on Main when it "crossed the center lanes at 8 Street and struck" a stationary car. 

"The suspect vehicle then continued eastbound and came to a rest against the Dairy Queen building."

Authorities believe the 20-year-old driver of the suspect vehicle "possibly fell asleep" at the wheel. He was cited for reckless driving, though neither he nor anyone else was injured.

As for the Dairy Queen, the restaurant reported in a Facebook post that it would be closed for the day "due to an unexpected window repair and clean up process," but would reopen for business on Sunday. 

The store is a local institution, having first opened in 1949 and serving the town continuously (if you don't count its seasonal shutdowns) ever since. But the reason it's gained nationwide fame is over its unusual status in the Dairy Queen family. 

It's still operating under its original 1940s franchising contract, allowing the owners to style their menu outside of corporate-mandated standards.

That means they still serve items that were discontinued by the chain long ago, including Monkey Tails, Chipper Sandwiches and Mr. Malties — none of which you can find at modern "Grill & Chill" locations.

"Corporate would love for us to disappear, no question about that," owner Troy DeLeon told Serious Eats in 2015.

What's more, the store maintains that the very first Dilly Bar was made right between its own four walls in 1954 by the original owners, something DeLeon told Serious Eats the corporate offices won't acknowledge.

Next Up

Pixabay - water surface

2-year-old dies a week after being pulled from Ham Lake pond

The boy had been at Lions Park with family and friends.

Facebook - Dinosaur Drive-Thru image

50 animatronic dinosaurs to take over Mall of America parking lot

Dinosaur Drive-Thru opens June 24 and runs through July 11.

new ulm police department squad car

Police: Man who shot himself during traffic stop has died

He died in a Twin Cities hospital early Wednesday.

Flickr - Voyagerous - Christine Warner

MN's lone National Park is also one of the least popular in the country

Travelers are clearly overlooking what northern Minnesota has to offer.

Elton John

Elton John confirms rescheduled St. Paul dates for farewell tour

"I'm going to go out in the biggest possible way, performing at my very best," John said.

Alex, Curt and Steven Boesl

3 Minnesotans honored with Carnegie Medals for heroic acts

The award is the highest honor for civilian heroism in North America.

police tape, crime scene

Police discover woman dead at Twin Cities home following welfare check

Officers also found "multiple" children on the scene, all of them unhurt.

bear cub

Bear clambers into northern MN home through kitchen window

A black bear in the house isn't something you see every day.

Ambulance hospital emergency

5 teens hurt in rollover crash near Hutchinson

The crash happened before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Pixabay - Crappie fish

MN DNR: Please call us if you find a large group of dead fish

The agency says hot weather might be contributing to recent die-offs.

thomas beach, bde maka ska - lake calhoun

2 Minneapolis beaches temporarily closed due to high E. coli levels

The park board will sample the water at the beaches again on Wednesday.


moorhead dairy queen dq

Legendary Moorhead Dairy Queen opens for 70th year

The harsh temps weren't enough to stop long lines on the big day.

Woman who co-created DQ's Dilly Bar dies at 90

She was also the founder of the famous Moorhead DQ.

2 Minnesota Dairy Queens slammed by vehicles in the last week

The DQ in Cold Spring was crashed into on Tuesday morning.

A Twin Cities Dairy Queen is taking dinner-for-two reservations

It's to coincide with the launch of DQ's new chicken and waffles basket.

It's back! Free ice cream at Dairy Queen on Wednesday

DQ does this every year to mark the first day of spring.