Car slams into, damages legendary Dairy Queen in Moorhead

The famous DQ was forced to shut down afterwards.
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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.

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