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  • Charges Dropped

    Did Dickinson businessman, George Berzel get away with something when charges against him were dismissed? We’ll let you be the judge. On this date in 1933, North Dakota was still a dry state. The end of the prohibition era was near, but the sale of beer and liquor was still illegal. North Dakota entered the […]

  • Marriage in North Dakota

    The North Dakota Century Code has a lot to say about marriage. The Century Code is the codification of all general and permanent law enacted since early statehood. Marriage in North Dakota is defined as “a personal relationship arising out of a civil contract between one man and one woman to which the consent of […]

  • Sims

    Sims is largely a ghost town in Morton County, although it garnered some attention as the site of an active, but haunted church, and was visited by former First Lady Laura Bush in 2008. Yet when a post office was established there on this date in 1883, Sims was a hot spot. It attracted many […]

  • Household Tips

    These days, household tips, the kind you might find in your local newspaper, might include new ways to use your pop-up disinfecting wipes or advice as to when to change your plug-in air freshener. Seasonable cleaning tips found in a May 1913 issue of the North Dakota Advocate newspaper were a little more basic. Back […]

  • Fargo Cavern

    Residents of Fargo were surprised to learn of an underground cavern within their city limits on this day in 1917. Fargo City Commission President Alex Stern called an emergency meeting of the commission after a portion of sidewalk along first avenue north collapsed, revealing a giant hole beneath the street. Fortunately, no one was injured […]

  • First Monarchs

    On this day in 1931, the King and Queen of Siam were treated to a state dinner with President Hoover at the White House. They were the first absolute monarchs to ever visit the United States, and the first Asian monarchs to visit the White House. The royal couple was in the country so that […]

  • The Sugar Beet

    Sugar: the sweetener of kings. Today that slogan is perhaps a little outdated. The sparkly white substance is easily obtained with spare change or even free with a cup of coffee. However, this sweet situation was not always the case. For centuries, sugar was only available to the wealthy; an expensive luxury few could readily […]

  • Immigrant Cars

    The first Great Dakota Boom took place primarily during the 1880s, during which the population of what is now North Dakota increased roughly 1,000 percent. Around the state, towns sprang up almost overnight. If the railroad changed course, and a speculative town was bypassed, the building were mounted on sled-like skids and dragged to a […]

  • Snakes, Preachers, and Fire Festivals

    This week’s news in 1900 included plans for the annual Fargo Fire Festival. A major portion of the city had burned to the ground seven years before, and the festival had become a means for celebrating the town’s comeback. According to the Fargo Forum, the three-day celebration was to be a reproduction of a New […]

  • Shields and the Bear

    In 1952, a black bear lumbered into the outskirts of Shields. People there couldn’t recall ever seeing a bear there before, but there was no denying its existence – several people had seen it. It was even spotted wandering through one man’s barn yard, six miles southwest of town. No one could account for the […]

  • Centennial Elm Tree

    President George Bush, Sr., presided over a ceremony at the State Capitol grounds in Bismarck on this date in 1989. The ceremony was held to commemorate North Dakota’s centennial anniversary of statehood. President Bush dedicated the state’s Centennial Grove, a grove of trees located on the southwest side of the capitol grounds, designed by the […]

  • Inventions and Making Beer

    Today is the birthday of Albert Hoiland, a settler and inventor who was born in 1860. By age 44, Hoiland had quit farming to go into the windmill business in Nome, North Dakota, selling pumps, pipes, tanks, feed grinders and other related items. In 1908, he started selling cars, including the Hudson-Essex. In 1911, he […]

  • Joseph Gilbert Totten

    As a popular tourist destination, most North Dakotans are familiar with Fort Totten. Located near Devils Lake, the frontier military post was built to protect American interests in the region. It was briefly commanded by Major Marcus A. Reno, visited by General Sherman, and later turned into a school. But what may be less familiar […]

  • Chaffee

    The post office of Chaffee, North Dakota, was established on this day in 1894, two years after Chester Fritz was born there. The railroad had named a station on the site “Rita,” but in 1894, it was renamed to honor Eben Chaffee, who had promoted the site. The history of Chaffee is actually shared by […]

  • Letters Home

    During World War I, a number of Minot soldiers wrote to Minot High School students about their experiences in the field. A 1918 editorial in Minot High’s paper, the Searchlight, reads, “Not long ago these boys were in the quiet of their homes in a peaceful country. Today, in a strange land they are facing […]

  • Laura Taylor, Rosemeade Pottery

    Today is the birthday of Laura Taylor Hughes, who was born in 1903 and was one of North Dakota’s most successful potters. She was a native of Rosemeade Township and learned the ceramics craft at Valley City Normal School under Glen Lukens. In 1931, Laura Taylor attended UND under the tutelage of Margaret Cable, one […]

  • Socks for Rent

    World War II was wrought with sacrifice. As men and women fought overseas, those back home planted Victory gardens, collected scrap metal and rubber, and went without silk and nylon fabrics. The war eventually ended, but change to normalcy did not happen quickly, and with the influx of returning soldiers, there was a shortage of […]

  • Horses

    John L. Harvey and C.H. Olson of Cando travelled overseas to Europe in 1912 to procure horses for breeding. They obtained forty “fine specimens of horse flesh,” Belgians and Percherons-draft horses that were a mix of hardiness and myth, each linked to medieval knights and war horses. When the men returned, a large crowd greeted […]

  • Hynek Rybnicek

    In the late 1940s, a penny went a long way. With just five cents, a child could wander to his local grocery store and treat himself to a Hershey chocolate bar. Moms could buy Kellogg’s Corn Flakes for just 12 cents a box. But it was in the late 1940s that school children across North […]

  • On this date in 1898, in preparation for war with Spain, the United States War Department ordered the Regular Army to mobilize. President McKinley also called upon the states to provide another 125,000 National Guard troops. This was a tall order for the young state of North Dakota. The state’s National Guard was untrained, poorly […]