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  • Grandin Brothers Bonanza Farmland Sold

    The Grandin Farm was the biggest Bonanza farm in North Dakota’s history. At 72,000 acres, it was so large that it ran like a factory, with hired workers and managers tackling 1,500-acre subdivisions. Located near Mayville and also near the town of Grandin in Cass County, Grandin Farms began in the aftermath of the terrible [...]

  • Wild and Free

    America’s wild horses are descendants of animals that escaped from the Spaniards.  They were known as mustangs, and they changed the lives of Great Plains Indians, who soon became known as formidable horse warriors. As motorized vehicles and farm equipment became more widely used, the horse began to lose its usefulness.  Many farmers and ranchers [...]

  • Lincoln’s Bodyguards

    Assuming office during a tumultuous period in American history, the personal security of President Abraham Lincoln was a constant concern of his friends and supporters.   Lincoln‘s secretary, John Nicolay wrote, “From the very beginning of his presidency, Mr. Lincoln had been constantly subject to the threats of his enemies… His mail was infested with [...]

  • North Dakota’s Oil Boom

    World events affecting oil prices can have quite an impact on North Dakota’s oil industry. On this date in 1979, Libya joined four other OPEC nations in raising the price of oil.  That act had political, social, and economic consequences that continue to be felt today.  In 1979, the United States was largely dependent on [...]

  • Capitol Custodian

    North Dakota government is staffed with various public officials created by constitutional or legislative processes, and these positions are normally filled by appointment, by election or by personal application, with selection made through a supervising committee. Seldom does the Legislature create a position and actually name the individual to assume it.   The Board of [...]

  • Hirschville, North Dakota

    In the late 1800s, Casper Hirsch immigrated to the United States with his family.  They were among the Germans from Hungary who came seeking better lives.  After spending some time in New York State, Hirsch was attracted to the West by the promise of owning land.  He brought his family to North Dakota between 1900 [...]

  • The Majestic Sky

    On this date in 1719, the Northern Lights were first reported in North America. Also called the aurora borealis, they are named for Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn, and Boreas, the Greek name for the north wind. Galileo named the phenomenon in 1619. The sweeping waves of color across the night sky are caused [...]

  • Sheriff Moody Killed

    Law enforcement is and always has been a dangerous occupation. Everyday our police and other law enforcement officials put their life on the line. On this date in 1911, Sheriff George F. Moody of Wahpeton became another name in a long list of officers killed in the line of duty. Jake Steffes, was renting the [...]

  • Corn Husking Bees

    North Dakota has gained renown as a wheat-growing state, but corn acreage has been growing this past century. Farmers who migrated to Dakota from the east knew corn cultivation and brought those skills to their new fields. Among the traditions they brought was the husking bee. Husking was needed because corn-ears were encased in husks [...]

  • Fort Pembina

    Long after the Dakota Uprising, citizens of Minnesota were afraid of Indian attacks.  The Minnesota Legislature petitioned Congress for protection against incursions by the Sioux.  On this date in 1869, Major General Winfield Scott Hancock recommended the establishment of a fort at Pembina in the Dakota Territory, located only two miles south of the Canadian [...]

  • My Life on the Plains

    On this date in 1873, George Custer celebrated his thirty-third birthday at Fort Lincoln with his wife Libbie.  He occupied his time writing his memoirs.  Much of the material had been published in The Galaxy magazine, but Custer wanted to put it in book form.  Custer knew some of his actions were controversial, and he [...]

  • Gripsholm Ship

    “There’s no place like home,” was a line made famous by Dorothy in the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. Four years later, there were 1,500 people who could relate to that line, but they didn’t get home with red slippers. They were aboard the Gripsholm Ship.   For two years, the passengers had been [...]

  • Dakota the Dinosaur

    North Dakota is no stranger to dinosaurs.  The state has a fascination with them.  Fourteen dinosaurs are on display at the Dickinson Dinosaur Museum, including a 37 foot tyrannosaurus rex.  In June, 2014, “Discover the Dinosaurs” presented an exhibit of animated dinosaurs at the Bismarck Civic Center. It proved to be very popular.  The Hell [...]

  • Any Color as Long as it’s Black

    North Dakota was quick to embrace the horseless carriage. In 1904 there were almost 60,000 miles of roads in the state, although only 212 miles were surfaced with gravel or stone. The rest were dirt. By 1921, North Dakota ranked seventh out of the states in road mileage. In 1924, the Highway Department printed 5,000 [...]

  • Inmate School

    Inmates at the Bismarck prison made the news in December 1914 but not because they were causing trouble. They had decided they needed more education. The Bismarck Daily Tribune reported, “…prisoners at the State Penitentiary took the initiative in the matter of attempting to secure a school in which they could improve their time of [...]

  • Angel of the Prairies

    Anna Shatswell was born in Vienna, Austria, on this date in 1875. She immigrated with her family to New Ulm, MN, when she was 13. Shatswell wanted to pursue a career in nursing, so she studied in San Francisco and practiced in St. Paul before coming to Devils Lake in 1906. There, she was among [...]

  • King Tut’s North Dakota Connection

    On this date in 1922, Lord Caernarvon and Howard Carter opened an ancient tomb.  Their discovery of King Tut’s Tomb was the sensation of the year, featured on the front page of newspapers and in newsreels at movie theaters.  An Egyptian craze swept the country. At that same time, a real estate agent was looking [...]

  • Murrow’s Boys

    On this date in 1912, Eric Sevareid was born in Velva, North Dakota.  His family moved to Minot and then to Minneapolis.  He was an adventurous young man.  After he graduated from high school, he and a friend embarked on a canoe trip of over 2,000 miles.  He wrote his first book, Canoeing with the [...]

  • Turkey Talk

    Thanksgiving is coming!  And while few decorate for this particular holiday with the same vigor they do for other holidays, there is one important item that almost everyone agrees makes for a necessity for this holiday:  Whether it’s turkey or tofurkey, that special entrée is the reason for this season!   The Fargo Forum devoted [...]

  • The Thorny Fence

    When settlers ventured onto the Great Plains, they often had to find new ways of doing things.  One was fencing.  Out east, or in Europe, fences had typically been made of rocks or wood, which were readily available, but out on the Great Plains, settlers found a land with few trees. Even stones were often [...]