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  • Dakota Promoter

    A man of many hats was born on this date in 1814, but Andrew Jackson Faulk is most remembered as Dakota Territory’s third territorial governor. The Pennsylvania native received his education in his home state. As a young man he worked as a printer, editor and journalist for the Armstrong County Democrat, a Pennsylvania newspaper. […]

  • Thanksgiving in North Dakota

    On this date in 1897, Mayor John Dinnie of Grand Forks issued a proclamation designating a day of thanks.  He said the people of the city and the surrounding area had a great deal to be thankful for, including a very good harvest and a newly-built plant to provide electric lighting. The Grand Forks Herald […]

  • Deer Season Closer

    Today is often a date serving as the last day of the deer gun season in North Dakota, as it did in 2013. The state’s deer gun season opens at noon on the Friday designated by gubernatorial proclamation, typically the first Friday in November. The 16-and-a-half-day season usually closes on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The […]

  • The Winter of 1996-97

    Mention the winter of ’96 – ’97 to anyone who was here, and they likely have a story to tell. The brutal season brought blizzard after blizzard, making it one of the snowiest winters in state history. Fargo received over 117 inches of snow, well above the average of 47. Just days after a two-day […]

  • Billy Sunday

    “I’m against sin. I’ll kick it as long as I’ve got a foot, and I’ll fight it as long as I’ve got a fist. I’ll butt it as long as I’ve got a head. I’ll bite it as long as I’ve got a tooth. And when I’m old and fistless and footless and toothless, I’ll […]

  • North Dakota Clay

    On this date in 1912, it was Dakota Day at the Northwest Products Show in Minneapolis.  The show was held in conjunction with the Second Minnesota Conservation and Agricultural Development Congress.  The Congress focused on the state of agriculture in Minnesota, but the Northwest Products Show highlighted products from a much broader area, and Dakota […]

  • Energy Crisis

    In 1979, the United States was in the throes of an energy crisis following the cutoff of Iranian oil.  President Jimmy Carter said reserve supplies of oil were sufficient if people conserved, and there was no need to panic. But he also said it was crucial for the country to break its dependence on foreign […]

  • Leith’s Sigh of Relief

    The city of Leith, North Dakota, breathed a small sigh of relief on this date in 2013 when two white supremacists with designs on the town were taken into custody. Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton, two neo-Nazis, had patrolled the town with a shotgun and rifle that Saturday, leading to several 911 calls from Leith […]

  • North Dakota’s Endangered Species

    Congregants of Blanchard Lutheran Church in Blanchard, North Dakota, were still reeling from the closing and demolition of their church on this date in 2011. The country church established in 1913 closed that year in May, and was bulldozed and burned that fall. A Facebook page with pictures now commemorates the church whose membership had […]

  • Johanna Kildahl

    It was in the late-summer of 1883 that fifteen-year-old Johanna Kildahl arrived in the Mauvais Coulee Valley, near Lake Alice, about twenty miles north of Devils Lake.  She traveled from Minnesota with her brother, Andrew, to meet the rest of her family who had homesteaded on the land in the spring of the year. After […]

  • Frank Anders and the Bassanella Brothers

    Today marks anniversaries in the lives of two North Dakota men who were complete opposites. One was the winner of the Medal of Honor, and the other was a cold-blooded killer. Today is the birthday of Frank Anders, who was born in 1875 at Ft. McKeen near Mandan, where his father was stationed. After his […]

  • Flag Flying High

    A symbol of North Dakota became official on this date in 1943 as the legislative assembly adopted the state flag. The flag is virtually identical to the one carried by the First North Dakota Regiment in the Spanish-American War in 1898 and Philippine Insurrection in 1899. The flag was originally proposed in a 1911 house […]

  • Introducing Carp Into North Dakota, 1885

    It seemed like a good idea in the 1880s to introduce the common carp into Dakota’s lakes, rivers and ponds. After all, carp have been highly valued in Europe and Asia for centuries.  Originating in Asia, carp were cultivated as a valuable food source as early as 300 B.C.  Carp were also native to Eastern […]

  • William Guy

    On this date in 1968, William L. Guy became the first North Dakota governor ever elected to a fourth term. He served 2 two-year terms and 2 four-year terms between 1961 and 1973. Governor Guy was a 41 year-old farmer from Amenia when he was inaugurated. He was born in Devils Lake and has the […]

  • Early Churches

    The first church bell to ring in North Dakota was at a mission called St. Joe. It was known as the “Angelus Bell.” For some time in the early 1800s, French Canadian trappers and mixed-blood Indians around Pembina attended a small Roman Catholic chapel built there in 1812; it is the earliest known church in […]

  • North Dakota’s First Year

    On this date in 1890, one full year had elapsed since the creation of the states of North and South Dakota.   On November 4th, 1889, Gov. John Miller issued a proclamation requesting all duly elected legislators to meet on Tuesday, November 19th, to elect two senators for the United States Congress and attend to the […]

  • I Christen Thee USS North Dakota

    It has been a long time since a United States naval vessel carried the name of North Dakota.  The dreadnought battleship North Dakota was decommissioned in 1923.  Now, once again, the USS North Dakota sails the seas.  In July, 2008 the Secretary of the Navy honored the state by announcing that a new Virginia-class submarine […]

  • Safety Island Sanctuaries

    North Dakota has more national wildlife refuges than any other state, 63 in total. On this date in 1935, the press was alerted to the establishment of two more of these “safety islands” in North Dakota – Des Lacs and Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuges. The two refuges were established to benefit migratory waterfowl. North Dakota […]

  • Not Very Minnie

    Minnie Jean Nielson was a hardworking woman. Born in Jackson, Michigan, her family moved to Valley City, North Dakota where she attended high school. After graduating, she demonstrated her work ethic by going University of North Dakota, the University of Michigan, and summer school at the University of Chicago.  She became a teacher of chemistry […]

  • Influenza

    Following one of the most deadly flu pandemics in history, a 1919 October article in the Towner newspaper carried an article theorizing that the outbreak had probably stemmed from lack of embalming of black plague victims in the Middle Ages. The 1918 outbreak of influenza was devastating, killing 20 to 30 million people. As with […]