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  • Northern Pacific Railroad Act

    The Northern Pacific’s struggle to finance and complete the nation’s second transcontinental railroad is a familiar story to most North Dakotans.  Less familiar was the equaling daunting task of securing a charter from the federal government to build that line. Proposals to construct a railroad spanning the northern reaches of the United States had been […]

  • Hazel Onerheim – Part 1

    On July 1st of 1901, Hazel Josephine Onerheim was born near St. John, North Dakota. The following story is taken from Hazel’s personal notes and diaries, which she dutifully kept until her death at age 99. In her own words, Hazel writes,” About the first I remember is my father sitting in our log cabin, […]

  • Missing Priest

    Parishioners at the Powers Lake Catholic Church were bewildered this week in 1970 regarding the whereabouts of their pastor.  Church members waited in vain for the Reverend Frederic Nelson to arrive for Sunday’s Mass.  By noon, the worshippers gave up on the service and began to file out of the church. Some went to the […]

  • Parking Meter Ban

    On this date in 1948, the people of North Dakota prepared to vote in a primary.  On the ballot appeared an unusual measure that proposed to ban parking meters.  Surprisingly, the war over parking meters began with a plot for revenge.  Howard Henry, a farmer from Westhope, North Dakota was tired of being branded, in […]

  • Bob Hope

    Performers have long been lifting morale and entertaining the troops.  For some, like Bob Hope, this was a career-long process.  Called “America’s No. 1 Soldier in Greasepaint,” Hope remained dedicated to the troops in both war and peace. One young army captain from Fargo, “Ronnie” Severson, saw Hope perform during a War Bond show.  Severson […]

  • Raining Bricks

    On this date in 1970, the North Dakota State Historical Society Board sent out a warning to tourists and bystanders:  Chicken Little was right – the sky was falling.  At least, that’s what seemed to be happening around the 80-foot chimney at the Marquis de Mores’ historic site in Medora. Bricks at the top of […]

  • Policeman Sneesby Shot

    On this day in 1924, night policeman C.R. Sneesby of the Devils Lake Police Department died from a gunshot wound to the head.  While patrolling outside the local post office the night before, Sneesby encountered a gang of four men who had broken into the basement of the post office using a crow bar.  Panicking, […]

  • Memorial Day Sports Ban

    North Dakota’s Blue Laws are infamous for not only their strict provisions as compared to other states, but also for their long duration.  Blue Laws, which limit certain events or actions on days of observance, most often Sundays, have been a part of American history since its founding, and were even enacted in the original […]

  • Camp Atchison

    A few days ago we heard of McPhail’s Butte Overlook from which Colonel Samuel McPhail launched a crucial cavalry charge during the Battle of Big Mound.  That 1863 battle was but one part of the campaign against a number of Mdewakanton and Wahpekute Dakota who were responsible for a series of raids against Minnesota settlements […]

  • Clyfford Still

    North Dakota native Clyfford Still passed away on this day in 1980.  Although little known amongst North Dakotans, Still’s impact on the American art world was monumental, and he has been described by legendary art critic Clement Greenberg as “one of the most original and important painters of our time . . . more original […]

  • McPhail’s Butte Overlook

    It was this date, June 22, 1923 that the State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired a small patch of land centered on a lonely hill some seven miles north of Tappen, North Dakota.  While the hilltop affords a nice view of the surrounding countryside, there is nothing of obvious historical significance; no fort, no […]

  • Bos Custer

    For the Custers, the 7th Cavalry was a family affair.  Five relatives served alongside George Armstrong Custer including his little brother, Boston or “Bos” Custer.  Eager to follow in his brother’s footsteps, Bos enlisted for service as a forage master for the Black Hills Expedition of 1874.  He had the time of his life, even […]

  • Greater Red River Valley Crusade

    Twenty-two years ago this weekend, “America’s Pastor,” the Reverend Billy Graham, arrived in Fargo for the Greater Red River Valley Billy Graham Crusade.  After a year of planning, nearly 66,000 people packed into NDSU’s Dacotah Field over the course of three days, aided by thousands of volunteers. Governor Sinner opened the first evening, joking that […]

  • Tragedy at Fort Clark

    In 1822, the Mandan established a new earth lodge village on the bluffs overlooking the confluence of Chardon and Clark’s Creeks, fifteen miles from present-day Washburn.  Named Mitu’tahokto’s (me-toot-a-hank-tosh) meaning ‘first’ or ‘east’ village, it served as the Mandan’s summer home:  prime real estate for growing corn, beans, squash, pumpkins, sunflowers and tobacco.  Besides being […]

  • Ballot Box

    After the people west of the newly-formed state of Minnesota twice requested authorization to create a stabilized government, President Buchanan signed an act establishing the Dakota Territory in 1861.  The First Legislature of Dakota Territory was elected in September of that year, and when they met for the first time on March 17, 1862, they […]

  • Fort Ransom

    It was in the late spring of 1867 that General Terry discovered the perfect site from which to protect the overland trail connecting the stream of settlers from Minnesota to Montana.  On a little hillock, named Bear’s Den, which overlooked the Sheyenne River in the southeast corner of present day North Dakota, Terry established Fort […]

  • Brinton Newspaper Law

    On this date in 1919, North Dakota newspapers were quickly dwindling in number.  Almost twenty-nine North Dakota papers had gone out of business or changed ownership since April 1 of that year.  The wave of failing newspapers began as a result of the Brinton Newspaper Law, which was passed in March of 1919 by the […]

  • Dandelion Wars

    On this date in 1946, one E. G. Wanner, known as Cap, was embroiled in vicious battle.  Daily, he marched out to check on the battle, and to make his plans.  For Cap, the battle was “war-strictly personal,” and he was ready to fight for the finish.  Except that this battle was close to home—it […]

  • North Dakotan Dream

    Today is Flag Day, marking the 1777 adoption of the American flag.  That star-spangled banner is symbolic of our unity and our roots.  It hearkens back to a time of immigration and western settlement as people came from the east to seek “opportunity and prosperity.” Reported on this date in 1912, one young man from […]

  • Rest Room

    On this date in 1914, the ladies of the local Woman’s Civic League in New England, ND, were waiting to hear back from their city council as to whether they could establish a special room for the ladies of the country:  a rest room. They asked the council to turn over a part of city […]