Bob and Phyllis Litherland took a leap of faith and opened the Moorhead Dairy Queen on August 1st, 1949!
Two young brothers from Stillwater, MN who were sons of a Minneapolis ice cream distributor came to the Moorhead Dairy Queen. They had been toying with a soft serve product they wanted to make. Bob Litherland watched as the brothers blobbed Dairy Queen soft serve on a wax paper and put a medical tongue depressor stick into the soft serve. After freezing the treat and coating it in chocolate, one brother held the creation up and said, “Now, isn’t that a dilly!” The Moorhead Dairy Queen still hand makes and hand dips “Dilly Bars,” selling thousands of them each year!
“Mr. Misty Slush” drinks were added to our menu.
In 1968, Dairy Queen introduced the “Buster Bar.” The Moorhead Dairy Queen continues to hand make these treats today!
The “Peanut Buster Parfait” premiers with huge success! This remains one of our most popular Royal Treats!
“We Treat You Right” campaign began.
The original Blizzard was introduced to our menu and has been a favorite treat ever since!
Non-fat, No Sugar Added items were added to our menu. We offer Non-fat, NSA Fudge Bars and Vanilla Orange Bars. We also offer NSA Chocolate Dilly Bars.
In the spring of 1995, Troy and Diane DeLeon began working at the Moorhead Dairy Queen and took a leap of faith and became the second owners of this iconic store on August 1st, 1995.
In 1998, the Moorhead Dairy Queen began selling delicious fresh, handmade, custom decorated ice cream cakes. The DeLeon’s hand make and decorate more than 2,000 cakes each Dairy Queen season.
Summer of 2001 we celebrated the “Sweet 16th” birthday of the Dairy Queen Blizzard.
March 1st, 2014 was the coldest opening day in the history of the Moorhead Dairy Queen. The high temperature of the day was -11 and even colder with the wind chill! The news story of our opening for the season was reported on many television stations though out the United States! Our loyal customers made it a fun and successful opening day for our 65th season!
The Moorhead Dairy Queen was featured in the Canadian travel show, “Motor Head Traveler.”
Hot desserts a’ la Mode were added to our menu.
Media attention in 2015 demonstrated the interest that people have in our store’s nostalgia and tradition. The Moorhead Dairy Queen was featured in “Sensible Eats Food Blog,” an Associated Press story that was featured in prestigious newspapers all over the United States,(Chicago Sun Times, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, New York Post, Washington Times), radio programs across United States and Canada and appearances on NBC National Nightly News and The Today Show, with journalist Harry Smith.
In May of 2017, the Historic Moorhead Dairy Queen received the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber Choice Small Business of the Year Award.
August 25th, 2017 the long awaited “World’s Largest” Dilly Bar was delivered and installed on our patio! It is a very popular photo opportunity!
August 31st, 2017 was “Stanley Cup Day” for the public viewing for the city of Moorhead! Thank you to Matt Cullen for taking time out of his busy schedule to bring the Stanley Cup and 3,000 of his fans with him to the Moorhead Dairy Queen! This event was covered by our local news media and FOX Sports North. Stanley Cup Day at the Moorhead Dairy Queen will always be one of our best memories.
We are incredibly grateful for the press we have had this year. Minnesota Monthly Magazine featured us in “Best Shops for Minnesotans To Get Their Summer Ice Cream Fix.” Fargo Monthly Magazine selected our “Banana Supreme” as one of the top 5 things to eat in Fargo/Moorhead! The Extra Newspaper reported on our annual “Miracle Treat Fundraiser” for our local Sanford Children’s Hospital. We were also featured in the travel section of “The Washington Post” this summer. They received a unanimous recommendation by locals to enjoy a treat at the Moorhead Dairy Queen!
We celebrated the start of our 70th year in business with Moorhead’s Mayor Jonathon Judd reading an official proclamation declaring March 1st Moorhead Dairy Queen Day! Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and his team came to the Moorhead Dairy Queen to learn how to dip Dilly Bars!
For the first time ever in 71 years of business, the Moorhead Dairy Queen had two opening days! We opened for our 2020 season and celebrated Moorhead Dairy Queen Day on March 1st. We had just two weeks of business under our belt when a pandemic struck our country. We decided to temporarily close for the safety of our coworkers and customers. We took six weeks to obtain personal protective equipment for our team and implement extra precautions and safety measures. We reopened for business on May 1st!
This season we added some fun photo opportunities to our outdoor space! Take a picture on the bench with our adorable “Curly the Cow” or pose with our nostalgic Dairy Maiden from 1962!