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  • A Monkey in the Cookies

    On this date in 1963, it was reported that a monkey had come to Fargo – a ring-tailed monkey named Charlie.  Irvin Knutson, a semi driver for Midwest Motor Express, had arrived at the Red Owl warehouse with 2,800 cases of cookies, which he’d picked at the Banner Biscuit Company in Missouri. When Knutson opened […]

  • Legends of Fargo’s First House, 1939

    Telling the story of a house is like peeling an onion, with layers of legends and significance.  This concept, of peeling away layers, surfaced in 1939 when, on this date, a newspaper article about “Fargo’s First House,” told about the Pioneer Daughters organization making a historical marker to memorialize this legendary home. The bronze-marker perpetuated […]

  • A Tour of the New Sanford Hospital

    Tuesday, May 23 – Doug tours the new Sanford Hospital in Fargo. He visits with Susan Jarvis, executive director of emergency and trauma services, who will share a look at the latest developments in the healthcare field. ~~~ The Supreme Court has ruled on one aspect of politically drawn congressional districts, finding racially gerrymandered districts […]

  • Reality of War

    By this date in 1917, America had declared war on Germany, and the registration for the draft was only weeks away. For a number of years, North Dakota families had been anxiously following the war news from Europe, and now many loved ones could soon be in harm’s way. Rose Havelock was one who waited […]

  • Foresting the Prairies

    When the first settlers moved into the Dakotas, they had to adjust to a land without trees for houses, fences, and fuel.  They adapted, but the lack of trees made life more difficult.  On this date in 1908, the Golden Valley Chronicle printed an article about the benefit of planting trees.  The information came from […]

  • Pigs and Exercise

    In the modern era, we are all aware of the value of exercise in promoting health, and that a sedentary lifestyle is not good for the body.  Over ninety years ago, J. H. Shepard of the Agricultural College in Fargo believed that exercise was the best medicine in dealing with youth.  He stated that it’s […]

  • Tommy Tucker Time!

    Today is Tommy Tucker’s birthday. He was born in 1908 in Souris, where he was known by his real name, Gerald Duppler. Fans of 1940s big bands might be familiar with his 1941 hit, “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire.” Tommy Tucker was one of the most successful orchestra leaders of his […]

  • Syttende Mai

    Happy Syttende Mai! For those of you who don’t know what that is, an old article in the Hansboro News explains that May 17th is the “anniversary of the rise of modern Norway among the nations as an independent, self-governing kingdom…” The year the article was written was 1914 – the year of Norway’s Jubilee […]

  • Francis Register – North Dakota’s First Ace

    Nicknamed Pinky, Francis Register was born in 1917 and raised in Bismarck.  Pinky always had an interest in airplanes and with the coming of World War II, he joined the Navy Air Forces and became a full-fledged flying officer on December 12, 1941, just 5 days after the US entered the war. As a flight […]

  • The State is Ready

    This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of America’s entrance into World War I.  President Wilson had campaigned on the promise of staying out of foreign wars, but he began to rethink his position as German submarines sank passenger vessels, including the Lusitania, killing many Americans.  Wilson extracted a promise from the Germans that they […]

  • Lilac Day, 1937

    Spring starts in March, but full-fledged springtime really begins when the fragrance of lilacs is in the air.  Assuredly, spring is more than just lilacs, for the landscape comes alive, as wild plum thickets flower, prairie roses bud, and dormant rhubarb awakens. May’s soft southern breezes and bright sunshine bring a welcome warmth. On this […]

  • Albert Simpson

    In 1934, Congress passed the Indian Reorganization Act. The bill intended to decrease federal control of Indian reservations and give them more autonomy. In 1936 in North Dakota, the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara came together to form their own constitution, creating the Three Affiliated Tribes. The tribes had already been operating under a representative form […]

  • News from Deadwood

    Today it’s back to the wild west of Dakota Territory. On this date in 1878, the Bismarck Weekly Tribune published “Our Black Hills Letter,” written by the Trib’s “Special Correspondent” in Deadwood. In the flowery Victorian vernacular of the times, it reads: “Crime holds high carnival here in the Hills – at least it did […]

  • Roosevelt’s Army

    On this date 100 years ago … in 1917 … the effects of the Great War were beginning to become a reality.  The Mandan school system discontinued teaching German although many newspapers across the state claimed that we weren’t fighting the German people, we are fighting the German government.  Communities prepared gardens to supplement the […]

  • Campaigning by Air

    Today it’s expected that politicians will take advantage of air travel for political campaigns, but that was not always the case.  On this date in 1920, Arthur Townley made the surprising announcement that he was going to campaign on behalf of the Nonpartisan League by air.  The NPL said that Townley, the League’s president, was […]

  • A Good Catch

    On this date in 1899, the Devils Lake Inter-Ocean reported that a young horse thief’s grand plans came to a sudden end.  Devils Lake police chief Hurst received a telegram asking him to be on the lookout for William Lester. Lester had stolen seven horses from Williston and sold them in Minot.  It was apparently […]

  • The Great War

    Millions of Americans served in World War I — soldiers, sailors , nurses — and many at home provided support, suffered scarcities, and grieved for loved ones lost. The United States entered the Great War 100 years ago on April 6. We’re commemorating this anniversary with Dakota Datebook Stories: The Great War—stories from North Dakota […]

  • Rats!

    Rats have been a problem for farmers ever since there have been farmers. On this date in 1916, farmers in the Minot area were complaining about rats.  The Ward County Independent reported that this was a recent development.  Farmers reported that one day they didn’t have any rats at all, but the next day there […]

  • Fashions to Die For

    As the 20th Century arrived, women’s clothing was lavish and cumbersome.  Madame Gaches-Sarraute designed a new corset in 1900.  She thought the corsets of the 19th Century were not healthy, and she was right.  They restricted breathing and often caused fainting.  They even caused misshapen ribs and internal organs.  The newly designed “Health Corset” removed […]

  • The Union Railway Company

    On this date in 1907, the Courier Democrat of Langdon reported that promoters of a new railroad met with potential investors in Minneapolis.  The delegation proposed a line through the northeastern portion of Cavalier County, connecting with either the Great Northern or the Soo Line.  Representatives of the Union Railway Company of North Dakota visited […]