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  • Women’s Rest Room in Bismarck

    In 1920 on this date, women of the Bismarck area were “doing their part,” as the Bismarck Tribune requested, to advertise a new women’s rest room. A restroom can be many things, but this one was a little bit more. The space was supposed to be a place for women to relax and to get […]

  • Grain Rustling

      When people think of rustling in North Dakota, they usually think of cattle. That crime has a long history in the state, although it is not entirely in the past. As recently as May 2017, a man was charged with stealing four head of cattle. And cattle aren’t the only target. A crime much […]

  • Mural Artist Belle Baranceanu

    On this date in 1912, 10-year-old Belle Goldschlager was preparing for a recital in Williston’s Library Auditorium. Belle was born in Chicago in 1902; but grew up on her grandparent’s farm, outside Williston. Belle showed a love for music, dance, and drawing, passions she would eventually pursue further by attending the Minneapolis School of Art, […]

  • The Oriental Limited

    President Abraham Lincoln signed the Northern Pacific’s company charter in 1864, making it the second continental railroad. The goal was to connect the Great Lakes with the Pacific Ocean.  It was an engineering challenge. Track laying began at the Colombia River in March of 1871 and progressed through remote territory. It was a slow process, […]

  • Cold Case

    Nothing can be more frustrating for a police department than a cold case. Here in North Dakota, there have been three incidents of unsolved cases involving missing people since 1989. Two of those who disappeared are Sandra Jacobson and her son John. On this date in 1996, Sandra and five-year-old John were driving to her […]

  • The Fighting Chaplain

    When the North Dakota Second Regiment was organized for the Great War in the early summer of 1917, they found a champion in the form of Herbert G. Markley of Hamilton, North Dakota.  Gov. Lynn Frazier appointed Markley as the Chaplain for the Smashing Second on July 5th.  Known as the “Fighting Chaplain,” he made […]

  • Nye and the Isolationists

    On this date in 1925, a 33-year-old newspaper editor from Cooperstown began a 20 year career in the U.S. Senate. He had never held office before, but his strong convictions helped shape the nation’s attitude about war. Gerald Nye moved to North Dakota in 1915 and became publisher of the Billings County Pioneer, and then […]

  • Help for Veterans 1919

    Returning soldiers face challenges when they leave the service. This has long been a concern. In 1776, the Continental Congress authorized pensions for disabled veterans, and in 1827 a hospital called the Naval Asylum was the first effort to provide continuing medical care. President Lincoln, in his Second Inaugural Address, called upon the nation to […]

  • Initiative and Referendum Bring More Democracy to ND

    One issue in a democracy is the balance of power between elected leaders and the citizenry.  Shortly after the year 1900, a movement arose in North Dakota to establish a process of initiative and referendum, a method allowing voters to make laws themselves, rather than depending upon politicians and lobbyists.  The key to initiative and […]

  • Keeping Busy

    With the war raging in Europe, there was plenty to do for North Dakotan’s in the fall of 1917.  School programs of both an academic and patriotic nature proliferated. There were bake sales to support the YMCA, a newly created fund-raising effort, and sewing circles for the Red Cross.  The Red Cross enlisted women in […]

  • Headbolt Heaters

    Today we bring you a story of a man who made life in winter a whole lot easier. Andrew Freeman was born in 1909 and grew up in Upham, North Dakota. In 1932, he graduated from UND with a degree in electrical engineering and went on to become widely known as the visionary who managed […]

  • Good Friends and Lutefisk

    If anyone visits North Dakota, it becomes apparent that many of the communities have a strong focus on church life. One shining example are church suppers, held every year, usually in the fall. On this date in 1947, the town of Hannaford held a supper sponsored by the Ladies Aid organization. Admission was 40 cents […]

  • It Seems Unfair

    On this date in 1914, most news took a back seat to election results as North Dakota newspapers were full of articles about the vote held the day before. The Washburn Leader reported that two more states had voted for prohibition, bringing the total of dry states to thirteen. The Pioneer Express of Pembina announced […]

  • Jennifer Grosz

    Jennifer Grosz was born May 5, 1973, in Bismarck, North Dakota. For the first few years of her life she lived many places, including Ansbach, Germany, Kentucky, and Dickinson before finally moving back to Bismarck where she attended school until she was 13.  At that age, she suffered a tragic accident that left her disabled. […]

  • Swell Letters

    With the troops now gone, those remaining in North Dakota took on the challenge of dealing with many concerns.  Winter was fast approaching and a coal shortage was becoming critical.  While the Great Lakes were still open for shipping, coal was slow in reaching the docks, and the demand was great across the Northern Plains. […]

  • Robert F. Schulte

    In the military, combat arms are the units that work on the ground, such as the infantry or artillery. One tactic employed by strategists is called combined arms. The idea of this tactic is to attack using differing units in such a way that the opposing forces, in defending against one of the attacks, becomes […]

  • A cowboy ghost story in Bowman

    It’s Halloween, a date to remember the eerie, spooky, or unexplainable. One such story was recalled by James M. Foley in 1915.  Around 1889, just before North Dakota became a state, Foley was visiting one of A. C. Huidekoper’s horse ranches with its manager, George Woodman.  This section of land was eight miles from the […]

  • The Introduction of the “Nickel Trophy” for UND and NDSU, 1937

    The rivalry between UND and NDSU for football preeminence in North Dakota began long ago, in 1894.  At first, UND and NDSU merely contended for bragging rights, but a new element arose after 40 years of gridiron competition.  It was on this date in 1937 that UND hosted NDSU in for homecoming, with the winner […]

  • The Suckers Are Not All Dead

    Warnings about scams are common today. No sooner does one scheme become ineffective than a new one pops up. Today people are much less likely to fall for an email from a Nigerian prince offering millions of dollars, but they still might click on a bogus link to update their information with their bank, giving […]

  • Walter Sharbo and the German Jet

    On this date in 1923, Walter Sharbo was born in Williston.  He became a fighter pilot during World War 2, flying a P-47 Thunderbolt.  Walter served with the famous 56th Fighter Group, also known as Zemke’s Wolf Pack, so-named for Commander Hubert Zemke.  Zemke’s Wolf Pack was part of the 8th Air Force and flew […]