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Filmed in northwest Minnesota, History Channel's 'Strongest Man in History' episode airs this weekend

"The Strongest Man in History" was filmed at historic sites around the world, including Moorhead's Hjemkomst Center. There will be a sneak peek of the series at 10 p.m. Sunday, July 7, and the full episode, "Stronger than a Viking," airs at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. Special to The Forum1 / 2
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MOORHEAD — A new show on the History Channel will feature some familiar scenes for people in northwest Minnesota.

"The Strongest Man in History" was filmed at Moorhead's Hjemkomst Center to go along with the show's theme of legendary titans, including Vikings.

History Channel's website shows there will be a "sneak peek" of the episode at 10 p.m. Sunday, July 7, and this episode will be aired again at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 10.


"In the bitter cold of Moorhead, Minnesota," the episode description reads, "the four strongmen struggle to test their strength against Viking legends. Can they lift the gigantic 1,433 pound mast of a Viking Warrior — that broke his back and killed him?"

Moorhead Parks Department Director Holly Heitkamp said the History Channel reached out to Moorhead when they found out about the city's rich Viking history.

City staff had to keep all this a secret since January, when the film crew and four strongmen came to the city for several days. She said they also filmed in Fargo and Detroit Lakes, Minn.

"I haven't seen anything like this," she said. "It shows the uniqueness of the Hjemkomst Center that they would bring this in."


"The Strongest Man in History" will be a journey across the world to historic places throughout the seven-episode season. The four strongmen — Brian Shaw, Eddie Hall, Robert Oberst and Nick Best — will attempt breaking records during "insane acts of physicality," the website states.

That includes everything from racing down the street with pianos strapped to their backs to rolling frying pans with their bare hands and, of course, pulling a Viking warship. Check your TV provider’s listings to catch the episode.