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  • Williston

    Williston, along with the rest of western North Dakota, has been big in the news, lately, with the oil boom “Rockin’ the Bakkan.” News items every day show the toll it has taken on the city—the lack of housing, the need for more workers, and the anxious undercurrent that today’s oil rush will mirror the [...]

  • Porter J. McCumber

    North Dakotans elected Porter McCumber to the U.S. Senate on this date in 1899. An attorney from Wahpeton, McCumber had served in both the Dakota Territory House and Senate. After his election to the U-S Senate in 1899, he would go on to become one of the state’s best-known and longest-serving U-S Senators. McCumber began [...]

  • Patrolman Lee S. Fahler

    Lee Fahler of the Minot Police Department was shot and killed on this date in 1921. Only two months on the job, the twenty-eight-year-old officer kissed his wife and young son good-bye that morning to begin his patrol, just as he had for weeks. During his shift, Fahler noticed a suspicious vehicle and decided to [...]

  • Just “Dakota”?

    J. A. Kitchen, North Dakota’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Labor, proposed a resolution to the State Legislature on this date in 1923.  The resolution asked that the state’s name be changed from ‘North Dakota’ to simply ‘Dakota’ in an effort to make the state sound “less chilly.”  “North Dakota isn’t such a cold place,” he [...]

  • White Star Liner Republic – part 1

    On this date in 1909, the White Star liner Republic was sailing along in the early hours through thick fog when it was rammed. The other ship, which quickly vanished in the night, was the Florida, from the Lloyd Italian Line.   The Republic was on its first winter cruise to the Mediterranean, and as [...]

  • Colonel Stutsman

    August of 1862 marked the beginning of the US-Dakota Conflict, resulting in the death of several hundred Minnesota settlers. When US troops moved against the American Indian forces, they pushed them west into Dakota Territory. The effect on the territory’s capital city, Yankton, was almost immediate, worsening the relationship between local Native Americans and the [...]

  • White Star Liner Republic – part 2

    If you were listening earlier this week, you heard about the White Star liner Republic, which was hit by another liner and sank near Florida in 1909.   George Winship, editor of the Grand Forks Herald, was on board the Republic, and published an account of the sinking in the New York Times. The passengers [...]

  • St. Joseph P.O.

    North Dakota’s second post office was established on this date in 1855 at St. Joseph by Indian trader Charles Grant. The first post office, at Pembina, was founded five years earlier. St. Joseph was an off-shoot of the Pembina settlement. Since the end of the eighteenth century, Pembina had served as “…the home base for [...]

  • F-M AAUW

    The first meeting of the Fargo-Moorhead American Association of University Women was held on this date in 1922. North Dakota’s third AAUW branch, it was founded by Mrs. R. L. Weber, a new teacher at NDSU. The national organization, founded in 1881 by Marion Talbot and Ellen H. Richards, “…began as an organization with the [...]

  • William Purcell

    William Purcell was appointed to the U.S. Senate on this date in 1910. Purcell’s appointment was made to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Fountain Thompson, who had been appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Martin N. Johnson; this made Purcell the third man to fill North Dakota’s junior [...]

  • Cab for Class

    The Fargo Forum reported a novel solution for rural school transportation on this date in 1955. After the closure of their rural school southwest of Fargo, four sisters were ferried to school and home again in a yellow checkered taxi-cab. The four Odegaard sisters, two sets of fraternal twins, attended the District 9 Prairie Grove [...]

  • Fountain L. Thompson

    United States Senator from North Dakota Fountain L. Thompson resigned from his position on this date in 1910. Thompson had been appointed to fill the seat vacated by the death of Martin Johnson, but served less than three months before his resignation. Born near Scottville, Illinois, in 1854, Thompson was educated as a lawyer. Although [...]

  • Devils Lake Jail

    Devils Lake was founded in 1882 as Creelsburgh and was also known as Creel City before the post office adopted the name Devils Lake—without the common erroneous apostrophe—in 1884. It is the county seat of Ramsey County, and achieved a peak population of 7441 in 1980. Today, the population remains around 7100. It is a [...]

  • Groundhog Day

      Today, we celebrate Groundhog Day! Will groundhogs across the country see their shadow? If so, six more weeks of bad weather are in the forecast. If not—spring is supposedly just around the corner. On this date in 1948, residents of the Red River Valley awaited the outcome of the Groundhog’s prediction. “Keep your fingers [...]

  • 1922 Blizzard

    At the end of January in 1922, a band of heavy snow from Richmond to Baltimore immobilized that stretch of the East Coast. The weight of the snow caused the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater in Washington, DC, to collapse, crushing 100 people to death. Reports of this disaster came to North Dakota along with [...]

  • Black Gold

    Between 1924 and 1951, twenty-three serious attempts were made to discover oil in the Williston Basin without success. Finally, in 1951, oil was struck on the Clarence Iverson farm south of Tioga. A month later, “…thirty million acres of [the state] were under lease.” On this date in 1952, the Standard Oil Company announced plans [...]

  • Dewey Williams

    North Dakota baseball player Dewey Williams was born on this date in 1916 in Durham, North Carolina. Nicknamed ‘Dee,’ Williams was a professional catcher for the Chicago Cubs from 1944 to 1947. During his first season with the Cubs, Dee scored twenty-seven runs. He played seven games against the Detroit Tigers in the 1945 World [...]

  • Unusual Marriage

    At the end of January in 1929, a rather unusual marriage for two residents of Tappen took place in Steele. The reports circulated around the state: Gertrude Murdoch, the 27-year-old principal and music teacher of the local high school, married Gordon Bell, a 17-year-old sophomore in her school and a student in one of her [...]

  • Fiddle Festival

    The Governor Arthur A. Link Fiddle Festival occurred at the Former Governor’s Mansion this past weekend. The festival promotes the lifelong love Governor Link had for music, especially the violin. Art Link was only eighteen years of age when the dry winds of the early ‘30s blackened the skies of the Central Plains with dust. [...]

  • Taxpayers Association

    In his inaugural address in 1925, Governor A. G. Sorlie stated, “Taxes upon our lands and properties have, during the past ten years, increased one, two and sometimes three hundred percent; so that their payment has become a tremendous burden upon our citizens; almost too grievous to be borne, and the unmarked line between legitimate [...]