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  • Milton Young and the Ford Theater

    North Dakota Senator Milton Young appeared in the pages of Time magazine on this date in 1968. The magazine detailed the Senator’s efforts, and eventual triumph, to restore the infamous Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Prior to the night of April 14th, 1865, Ford’s Theater had been a very successful theater, catering to the city’s […]

  • Secession of the West

    North Dakota’s State Senators were reeling on this date in 1933, after Time magazine had just accused them of supporting secession from the United States of America. Once the erroneous story hit newsstands, North Dakotans were shocked by the audacity of their political leaders in Bismarck, and the rest of the country looked on in […]

  • 164th Infantry

    The First Regiment of the North Dakota Infantry was organized on this date in 1885. The infantry would later become the foundation of the North Dakota National Guard and the 164th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army. During the 1860s, Dakota Territory Governor William Jayne issued proclamations calling for the organization of volunteer militias to […]

  • US Land Office-Williston

    United States Land Offices were places where homesteaders could file their claims. The land offices were spaced to make it easier for people to access the land clerks and to file the necessary papers as the land was surveyed. These clerks handled the massive amount of paperwork in processing the claims for millions of square […]

  • Smileage Books

    We can all picture the Smiley Face that became so popular back in the late 60s, early 70s. They probably would have fit in well with a campaign that began in North Dakota during this week in 1918. The Smileage Campaign came out of a plan to finance the entertainment services for military training camps. […]

  • Jonny Lang

    North Dakota native Jonny Lang released his first solo album on this date in 1997, only a day before his 16th birthday. The album, entitled Lie to Me, went multi-platinum, selling millions of copies world-wide and debuting at number one on Billboard’s New Artist chart. Born Jon Langseth in 1981 near Fargo, Lang grew up […]

  • Clarence Norman Brunsdale

    Clarence Norman Brunsdale, North Dakota’s 24th Governor, passed away on this date in 1978. Brunsdale gained a reputation as a businessman and farmer in addition to his political career, and continued farming until his retirement at the age of 77. Born in Sherbrooke, North Dakota, on July 9th, 1891, Brunsdale spent the first eight years […]

  • Fargo’s “Carnegie Library”

    Fargo’s first public library building opened on this date in 1903. The library, heavily funded by businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, “…stood on the northeast corner of Roberts Street and First Avenue North” for nearly seven decades. Prior to the opening of the Carnegie library, Fargo’s library had been operating since 1900 out of a […]

  • 18th Amendment

    North Dakota became the fourth state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution on this date in 1918, following Mississippi, Virginia, and Kentucky. The 18th Amendment, also known as the Prohibition Amendment, forbade the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol into or within the United States. North Dakota entered the Union as a prohibition […]

  • Marian Haraldson

    On this date in 1958, the Northwood Gleaner published an article about a hometown girl in the big city. Marian Haraldson was trying to find her way in show biz. She was used to hard work, to being self-sufficient. Born to Harald and Selma Haraldson, Marian Haraldson grew up on a 320 acre farm near […]

  • Cream of Wheat

    Cream of Wheat officially registered its trademark on this date in 1900. The hot porridge cereal was created in Grand Forks at the Diamond Milling Company in October of 1893. Caught in the midst of an economic depression, three of the millers, Emery Mapes, George Bull, and George Clifford, decided to use farina, the germ […]

  • Ann Sothern

    Actress Ann Sothern was born on this date in 1909, in Valley City, North Dakota. Born Harriette Lake, she moved with her family to Minneapolis while still young. At 18, she moved to New York and began work as a film extra. She also worked on Broadway, singing leads in America’s Sweetheart and Everybody’s Welcome. […]

  • State Flag

    One hundred years ago on this date, Colonel John H. Fraine introduced a resolution to the North Dakota Legislative Assembly proposing the creation and adoption of a North Dakota state flag, modeled on the flag carried by the North Dakota Infantry in the Spanish American War. The legislature approved the measure on March 3rd. Forty […]

  • Olger Burton Burtness

    Olger Burton Burtness, a North Dakota legislator and District Court Judge, passed away on this date in 1960. Burtness left a legacy of both theatre and law at his alma mater and across the state. Born in 1884 in Grand Forks County of Norwegian immigrants, Burtness never strayed far from his family farm near Mekinock. […]

  • Y94’s Job Offer

    Two NDSU students created a new Facebook group on this date a year ago. The group came about as the result of Conan O’Brien’s monologue the night before, in which he mentioned a job offer from Fargo, North Dakota. The animosity between O’Brien and NBC, his long-time employer, began months earlier. Jay Leno, Tonight Show […]

  • Pennies from Heaven

    On this date in 1947, at 3:00 in the afternoon, residents of Valley City emerged from their homes to find something unusual—pamphlet advertisements raining down from above, the roar of an airplane motor, and, for fifteen lucky souls, a check worth five dollars. This scene was set by Ken Coghlan, Valley City businessman. He came […]

  • The Bismarck Auditorium

    The Bismarck Auditorium, today known as the Belle Mehus, has been around since the early part of the 20th Century when it was built by local architect Arthur Van Horn. Local newspapers reported on the progress of construction of the building, which was to be a prize gem in the community. Finally, in 1914, it […]

  • Legislating Salaries

    North Dakota has always taken pride in being a wheat producing state with an economy tied to agriculture.  On this date in 1951, a novel approach was introduced in the North Dakota House of Representatives to adjust the salaries of elected state officials in parity with the average price of Number 1 hard wheat!  Beginning […]

  • Dakota Beer

    The Dakota Malting and Brewing Company announced on this date in 1961 that they would build a brewery in Bismarck. The ill-fated company planned on producing 65,000 barrels a day and employing forty people. Frank Bauer, who had thirty-three years in the brewing business, was chosen as Brew Master. From the onset, the company had […]

  • College Wars

    A bill was introduced to the Dakota Territorial government on this date in 1889 that sought to create the North Dakota Territorial Agricultural College at Valley City. The North Dakota Agricultural College would later become the North Dakota State University, although most listeners recognize that today the university is located in Fargo, not Valley City. […]