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  • Valley City Rail History

    In 1909, the Northern Pacific Railway built a new “high line” about a mile north of Valley City. This new line made it possible to overcome the steep grades of the valley, allowing trains to keep better time. However, the high line was also about a mile north of the city, bypassing the convenient, downtown […]

  • Stew Bass, Avenger Pilot

    Stewart Bass was born on this date in 1921 in Stevensville,  Montana.  He joined the Navy in 1941 and ended up flying the Grumman Avenger. Although the Avenger was designated a torpedo bomber, most of the time it carried conventional bombs. While training in Florida, Stew was seriously injured in a plane crash that put […]

  • Sherbrooke’s Decline

    Sherbrooke, North Dakota is a shadow of its former self. Once the county seat for Steele County, it’s now a ghost town surrounded by farmland. Once a thriving farming community, the old townsite is now home to several abandoned structures, slowly being reclaimed by nature. Settlers came to Sherbrooke in 1881 after the village and […]

  • The Empire Builder

    The Great Northern Railroad was the dream of James J. Hill, a man known as the “Empire Builder.”  Hill considered the Great Northern his greatest achievement.  When he retired he said, “Most men who have really lived have had, in some shape, their great adventure.  This railroad is mine.” Hill did not plan on becoming […]

  • Bismarck Best Seller

    There was big news in Bismarck on this date in 1972.  Authors George F. Bird and E. J. Taylor announced that their book about Bismarck was a best seller, at least in North Dakota.  “History of the City of Bismarck, North Dakota: The First Hundred Years” was selling out, with over half of the first […]

  • Revival of the “Audi” Auditorium in Cando

    Few things can offer better excitement for a youngster in small-town North Dakota than a trip to the movie theatre for the latest in cinema extravagance. This wondrous feeling still exists in Cando thanks to the Municipal Auditorium, more commonly known to townspeople as “The Audi.” It was on this date in 1915, that the […]

  • No Medals for Scouts

    The First North Dakota Volunteer Infantry played a crucial role in the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War that followed.  Eighteen out of twenty-five members of the unit known as Young’s Scouts came from North Dakota.  While virtually unknown today, the Scouts were hailed as heroes in their day.  They won fame for their absolute […]

  • Garrison Dam Deaths

    Over two miles long, the Garrison Dam is one of the largest rolled earth dams on the planet. It’s construction brought degrees of misery for many of those involved. The Three Affiliated Tribes lost the rich Missouri river bottomland of the Fort Berthold Reservation. The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people had cultivated these lands for […]

  • The World War One Film “Over There” Played At the Royal Theater in Grand Forks, 1918

    World War One was the bloodiest war in human history prior to World War Two.  64 million people served in the war, and about nine million soldiers died. The United States entered World War One in 1917 as President Woodrow Wilson called on Americans to “make the world safe for Democracy.”  Mobilization for the war […]

  • Pershing Carlson

    On this date 71 years ago, Air Force B-17 bombers landed at Barth, Germany to evacuate English and American prisoners of war.  One of these prisoners was Pershing Carlson from Minot. Carlson had joined the service in 1942 and became a glider pilot, flying the Waco glider, a craft of light metal, wood and canvas […]

  • A Long Awaited Party

    May 17 commemorates the signing of Norway’s Constitution in 1814.  Syttende Mai is a big holiday in Norway.  Every town has a celebration.  In the capitol of Oslo, a children’s parade ends at Castle Square where the Norwegian royal family greets the participants.  It is a holiday not just in Norway, but wherever there are […]

  • Zip to Zap

    Today is the anniversary of the only official riot in state history. In the spring of 1969, NDSU student body president, Chuck Stroup, couldn’t afford to go to Florida for spring break. So, he came up with a cheap alternative – a gathering near his hometown of Hazen called “Zip to Zap.” He took the […]

  • A Warning to License Cars

    The first automobile in North Dakota appeared on the streets of Grand Forks in 1897, having wandered across the Red River from Minnesota. But the first car actually owned by a citizen of North Dakota wasn’t recorded until 1900.  By 1902, cars were becoming more common.  Many people drove two-seaters that sold for $250.  Banker […]

  • Lyman R. Casey

    Theodore Roosevelt wasn’t the only New Yorker who renewed himself in North Dakota. Lyman Rufus Casey, born on this date in 1837, came to Carrington in 1882. The climate agreed with him after “sickness of a serious character” had forced him into early retirement 10 years earlier. Casey was a businessman trained in hardware. He […]

  • Southern ND Tornados

    High winds are a defining feature of North Dakota, but tornados are something else.  Fargo’s deadly 1957 tornado damaged over 1,000 homes and killed ten people. A Watford City twister in 2014 brought winds up to 120 miles per hour and injured a teenager. And a tornado west of the Turtle Mountains in 1996 left […]

  • Upright Sleeper

    We’ve all heard about talking in your sleep – and many of us do. And then there’s sleep walking, but today’s story is about something far more unusual. On this date in 1905, the Fargo Forum and Daily Republican published a story about a woman named Mary Dickerson, who was called Aunt Dickie by most […]

  • Oxford House

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.  Often it takes the efforts of dedicated preservationists to wrest a structure from the wrecking ball.  Such was the case with the Oxford House on the University of North Dakota campus.  Designed by Joseph […]

  • Milk Wars

    America has a long history of contention over milk production.  In 1883, a so-called “milk war” broke out in New York State when farmers demanded a higher price for milk.  When distributors refused, the farmers formed “spilling committees.”  They waylaid milk on the way to market and dumped it on the side of the road. […]

  • Immigrant Trains

    The first Great Dakota Boom took place during the 1880s, when towns sprang up almost overnight. One pioneer wrote, “Language cannot exaggerate the rapidity with which these communities are built up. You may stand ankle deep in the short grass of the uninhabited wilderness; next month mixed trains will glide over the waste and stop […]

  • Mosasaurs

    Today we’re bringing you a glimpse of what our state was like before humans came. On this date, 75 million years ago, the area around Cooperstown was under salt water. Actually, a shallow, sub-tropical sea covered almost the entire state. The Pierre Sea was part of the Western Interior Seaway, which divided the North American […]