Six months after the creation of the City of Lincoln in Burleigh County, city meetings were far from formal. On this date in 1978, Councilman Phil Nelson was nice enough to loan the use of his garage for the evening and a folding metal table was used for members to sit at, the favorite seat being near the wood-burning stove in the corner of the room. Chairs were lacking, so Lincoln Mayor, Warren Enyart, arriving twenty minutes late, drew a round of applause when he showed up with his own chair. The crackle of the fire and odor of burned wood brought a feeling of warmth to the meeting and added enough heat to melt the drifted snow on the cement floor.
When it was mentioned that future meetings may take place in an office rented for the purpose, it was noted by Mr. Nelson that they still had enough wood for six more meetings.
Dakota Datebook written by Jim Davis
The Bismarck Tribune February 4, 1978 Page 1.