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  • The Impeachment of Judge Cowan

    John Cowan was born in Scotland.  When he was four years old, the family moved to Canada. In 1877, Cowan graduated from Ottawa Normal School and went on to study medicine before leaving Canada for the United States.  For a time he was a clerk in Port Huron, Michigan for the Chicago and Grand Trunk […]

  • The 16th Amendment

    The Industrial Revolution began in the middle of the 18th Century and swept the world like a storm. Following a time when human and animal labor were the main sources of production, inventions like the steam engine and electricity improved the living conditions of many people. However, these improvements did not come without cost. As […]

  • Deep Waterway

    The Deep Waterway Association annual conventions were well attended by influential politicians and businessmen.  In 1903, a highlight was a letter read to the convention from railroad tycoon James J. Hill.  In 1907, the keynote speaker was Teddy Roosevelt.  The main interest was improving water access from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. […]

  • Self Defense

    On this date in 1901 the Oakes Republican reported that Coroner T.W. Millham and Sheriff Thompson had been summoned to investigate the death of Charles Brucker.  The first report was that Brucker had been killed when his wife shot him with a shotgun.  Mrs. Brucker was the daughter of Ferdinand Kosanke, a prominent member in […]

  • Painted Woods

    Here is a love story for Valentine’s Day. The Painted Woods sits south of Washburn, and is hailed as a beautiful place. However, few people know why it was called Painted Woods in the first place. Well, the name comes from a North Dakotan love story over 300 years old. The Yanktonai Dakota and Mandan […]

  • Medina Shootout

    On this date in 1983, there was a shootout between Federal Marshals, Gordon Kahl and other members of the Posse Comitatus on a road east of Medina, North Dakota. Kahl was born in 1920, the oldest of five kids. He is described as being musical, loving to hunt, a practical joker and an excellent mechanic. […]

  • Lynn Anderson

    It was this month in 1971 that country singer Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden went gold. Bios on Lynn Anderson usually say, “Born in Grand Forks, ND, September 26th, 1947, raised in Sacramento, California.”  Leading the way for Lynn’s career was her mother Liz. Liz had a great talent for writing songs. Her husband encouraged her, […]

  • The Gas Traction School

    It might be somewhat surprising to learn that the first engine-powered farm tractor was introduced as early as 1868.  It was a steam-powered machine, designed as a small “road locomotive” operated by one person.  It was used for general hauling, and was especially popular in the timber trade.  The first gasoline tractor was introduced in […]

  • Zeronia

    Winter in North Dakota is not for the faint of heart, and its frosty air has sometimes been a discouragement for those who considered moving into the state. When North Dakota gained statehood in 1889, prominent citizens and the state’s “booster press” boasted about the state’s climate, people and prospects, but the cold reputation persisted, […]

  • North Dakota POWs in Germany

    Stalag Luft 3 was a German prisoner of war camp in use from March of ‘42 through January of 1945.  This camp was operated by the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force, for Allied flight officers shot down over German occupied Europe.  Early in the war it housed primarily British personnel, but as the war went […]

  • Frosty Potter, 100 Year Old Cowboy

    Edgar “Frosty” Potter died at the age of 100, his longevity due in part to a rusty pitch fork. He could have died 87 years earlier. Born in 1895, Frosty came west to North Dakota with his family in 1901. They settled on a Ranch just north of the Cannonball River near the Standing Rock […]

  • 7 Months, 4 Governors

    Today, we bring you the story of North Dakota having four different governors in 7 months. In 1932, “Wild Bill” Langer of Casselton was elected governor, giving the Non-Partisan League complete control over state government. He was a rough and tumble sort of guy, and many immigrant settlers – who distrusted slicker-looking politicians – liked […]

  • Bismarck Name Change Controversy in World War I

    In 1918, when America was fighting against Germany in World War I, there were some U.S. citizens who allowed war fever to rage too hot.  Some fervent patriots thought all things German were un-American, changing the name of “hamburgers” to “Liberty sandwiches;” dachshunds into “Liberty pups,” and sauerkraut to “Liberty cabbage.”  That turmoil also affected […]

  • CAAR

    For some people, political and personal lives occupy distinctly different spaces. However, for Ruth Meiers, the political and personal were as inseparable as the bread and butter. In 1985, she became the first woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota. Given her career as a social worker, as well as being a mother […]

  • Threat to Cattle

    On this date in 1904, the Bismarck Tribune announced an outbreak of cattle scab in North Dakota.  It was noted that the disease infected the finest herds in the state.  The origin was traced to a cattle sale in Fargo involving cattle owned by a well-known Minnesota breeder.  The breeder was not blamed, as an […]

  • Railroad Safety

    Railroads were crucial in opening North Dakota to settlement.  The Northern Pacific pushed into northern Dakota Territory in 1871.  By the time of statehood in 1889, railroad companies had laid 2,093 miles of track here.  The main railroad companies were the Northern Pacific, running from Fargo to Beach, and the Manitoba, which ran from Grand […]

  • Great Dakota Boom

    Despite the fact that the Dakota Territory had been blasted in the Eastern Press as a barely inhabitable, frozen wasteland, the lure of free land caught the interest of many Easterners. Lured on by claims made through the Northern Pacific Railway Company, those seeking a new life were offered their choice of at least 50,000 […]

  • The Teddy Bear Fad

    During a hunting trip in 1902, the guides caught a bear, tied it to a tree, and invited Teddy Roosevelt to shoot it.  Roosevelt said that would be unsporting and refused to shoot.  Political cartoonist Clifford Berryman depicted the incident in one of his political cartoons, which inspired New York shopkeeper Morris Michtom and his […]

  • Dr Fannie Quain

    On this date in 1909, the North Dakota Legislature passed a bill to establish a Tuberculosis Sanatorium at San Haven. One of the people responsible was 29-year-old Dr. Fannie Dunn Quain. She was North Dakota’s first homegrown female doctor. Fannie Dunn paid her way through medical school by bookkeeping, teaching, house cleaning, working for a […]

  • New Americans in North Dakota

    Immigrants make up a growing share of North Dakota’s population.  The percentage of immigrants in the state nearly doubled between 1990 and 2013, from 1.5 percent to 2.7 percent.  About a third of the immigrants in North Dakota are naturalized citizens.  Nearly 22,000 North Dakotans are Latino or Asian.  The top countries of origin are […]