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  • Works Progress Administration

    When Franklin D. Roosevelt assumed office in 1933, more than 13 million Americans were out of work. But North Dakota was arguably the hardest hit of the 48 states. From 1929 to 1938 North Dakota received less than 20 inches of rain per year, well below average.   The depression was severe, but it would […]

  • Dewey Dorman

    On this date in 1911, Minot was planning for a spectacular Fourth of July, with fireworks, free vaudeville acts, a baseball game, a grand mask carnival on Main Street, a “sham battle” between Company D of Minot and Company E of Williston, and more.   One of the most talked-about attractions was an exhibition by […]

  • Sponge Iron

    Sometimes the best ideas never come to fruition, and sometimes really dumb ideas gain wide popularity.  This story tells only of a great idea. In 1943, when World War II was raging and the U.S. used massive quantities of steel to help win the war, a wonderful and logical idea percolated in North Dakota and […]

  • Turning to Talkies

    When Al Jolson’s voice soared through theaters in “The Jazz Singer” in 1927, and movies began their transition from silence to “talkies,” the theater-going experience changed forever.   The technological advancements behind a talking picture would have seemed quite avant garde at the time. The continued advancements in film and other industries resulted created quite […]

  • Grimm Alfalfa

    Wendelin Grimm emigrated from Germany in 1857, and he settled on a farm in Carver County, Minnesota.  It was impossible to imagine then the important impact he would have on American agriculture.  That impact began with a prized possession he brought with him to America – a bag of seed for a hardy strain of […]

  • John Elgin Elsberry

    John Elgin Elsberry was an early dairy pioneer who lived in the Minot area for many years. He and his wife had moved to North Dakota in 1901; they came from Missouri, with two daughters. A son was born during their first winter in the state.   Elsberry was a businessman. He eventually owned and […]

  • Charles Glidden

    In 1904, Charles J. Glidden, a retired, wealthy telephone businessman and automobile enthusiast, took part in an automobile run from New York to St. Louis, sponsored by the American Automobile Association. Wishing such tours to become an annual event, Glidden donated a $2,000 silver trophy. In doing so, he became a part of automobile history. […]

  • Senator Gerald P. Nye

    North Dakota has become a leading energy state in recent years because of Bakken petroleum, however, lignite coal has long been a vital resource for the state. Lignite is mainly used for making electricity, but it can also be used for heating and cooking. At Beulah, lignite has been converted into natural gas at the […]

  • The War Isn’t Over Yet

    World War II ended in Europe with the surrender of Germany in May, 1945.  By June of that year, it was clear that Japan could not hold out much longer.  U.S. vice admiral Daniel Barbey hinted that an invasion of Japan would not wait until the end of the typhoon season.  He said, “It will […]

  • Fortunate Revival

    A Minto, North Dakota boy experienced a very close call on this day in 1908.  The five-year-old boy, Dominick Ronkowski, was fished from the family’s cistern after being submersed for over five minutes.  Miraculously, the boy was revived by a doctor and emerged unharmed from the incident.  It all began when Mrs. Ronkowski sent her […]

  • Where Valor Sleeps

    Arlington National Cemetery is considered America’s most hallowed ground.  It is located on land that was once belonged to George Custis, adopted son of George Washington.  Custis built a house where he kept many of Washington’s prized possessions.  He left the property to his daughter.  When she married a promising young West Point graduate named […]

  • 188th Field Artillery

    The 188th Field Artillery Regiment was organized in Valley City in 1940.  It was soon split into two groups: the 188th Field Artillery Battalion and the 957th Field Artillery Battalion. On June 11 and 13, 1944, both units entered Normandy, France as part of the D-Day offensive that began a week earlier. When the war […]

  • Ben Corbin

    Ben Corbin (1835-1912) was known as the “champion wolf hunter of the Northwest.”     Others called him “Ben, the Boss Wolf Hunter.” Some referred to him as a “wolf charmer,” but there was nothing charming  or disarming about how Ben Corbin sought to exterminate all wolves in North Dakota or how he relentlessly pursued wolves. […]

  • The Salk Vaccine

    Polio has plagued mankind through much of known history.  An Egyptian carving from 1400 BCE depicts a man with a withered leg.  Some scientists believe this is an early portrayal of a polio victim.  Polio was a relatively uncommon disease through the 1800s.  A theory proposes that before then, children were exposed to low levels […]

  • Anson Northrup

    On this date in 1859, Anson Northrup’s steamboat arrived at Fort Garry, in present-day Manitoba, and residents celebrated with both thanksgiving and gunpowder. It was the first time a boat had successfully navigated the Red River, and commerce there would be changed forever. In the book “The Challenge of the Prairie,” Erling Rolfsrud wrote, “No […]

  • Antiquities Act

    In the early 1900s, there was a growing concern about protecting prehistoric Indian ruins and artifacts.  These were primarily located in the west.  Private collectors were removing artifacts at an alarming rate.  John F. Lacey, Iowa Congressman and chair of the House Committee on Public Lands, traveled to the southwest in 1902 to see the […]

  • First Train to Bismarck

    In 1853, the army completed a survey to assess the possibility of running a railroad across what was to become North Dakota.  The results showed that there was no serious obstacle.  Congress chartered the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1864, giving it a land grant of 50 million acres.  The railroad enlisted Philadelphia banker Jay Cooke […]

  • Flocking to Fargo

    Masonry has a long history in the Dakotas.  The first known Mason to visit the Dakotas was Meriwether Lewis, and several Mason lodges were issued charters prior to statehood.  The first of those lodges was founded in Fargo in 1874.  In 1875, five lodges banded together to form The Grand Lodge of Dakota.  In 1889, […]

  • The Master Showman

    P.T. Barnum served as mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut and two terms as a state legislator.  He founded a hospital and brought gas lighting to the streets of Bridgeport.  But he is best known as a showman.  On this date in 1835, Barnum began his showmanship career when he put an elderly woman on exhibit.  Barnum […]

  • North Dakota’s Blue Laws

    Blue laws are state or local laws that prohibit commercial activity on Sundays.  It is difficult to trace the origin of the term.  In his 1781 book A General History of Connecticut, The Reverend Samuel Peters described what he called “blue laws.”  Peters stated that early decrees restricting Sunday sales were called “blue laws” by […]