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  • Greek Candy Maker in WWI

    An alien immigrant named Louis Peter Kanell was born in 1892 in Zaimogli, Greece. In the summer of 1917, he moved from Salt Lake City to Mandan, where he was heralded as an expert candy maker at the White confectionary store on Main Street. WWI was in progress, and a few months later, Kanell was […]

  • College Name Changes

    Recently, Minot State University-Bottineau changed its name to Dakota College at Bottineau.  Changing the name of an institution of higher learning is nothing new in North Dakota.  In a 1907 spring edition of the Spectrum, the North Dakota Agricultural College’s student newspaper, editor Thomas Heath suggested that the people of North Dakota thought of NDAC […]

  • Adeline Elizabeth Iverson Aplin

    Today’s story is just a quick glimpse into the life of North Dakota homesteading woman, Adeline Elizabeth Iverson Aplin.  In her later years, she wrote down her life’s story as best she could recall, because she wanted her sons to enjoy and relive her early years, in Dakota especially. Adeline was born into a Norwegian […]

  • The Progressive Republican Revolt

    In 1900, the Devils Lake Free Press described the state’s Republican Convention as “one of the stormiest” ever held in North Dakota.  Behind the storm lay a powerful political figure: Alexander McKenzie. McKenzie not only had the support of the railroad and eastern interests, but his shrewd maneuvering to secure Bismarck as the capital made […]

  • April Fools Time

    For many people, April Fools’ Day is a time for mischief and tomfoolery.  However, on this date in 1943, mischievous time itself “fooled” many North Dakotans. “If you did not sleep an hour later this morning, you gypped yourself,” lamented the Oakes Times in Dickey County, “because all clocks were set back an hour to […]

  • Constructing Fort Buford

    Extreme temperatures, isolation, and utter boredom broken only by the terrifying reality of Indian raids.  As if that weren’t enough for the soldiers living at Fort Buford, they also had to contend with buildings literally crumbing to pieces around them as they worked, ate and slept. Located near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri […]

  • Northern Lights

    Compared to some states, North Dakota can only claim a short list of feature-length films.  Today, Wooly Boys and Fargo are arguably the most widely-recognized, but that wasn’t always the case.  On this date in 1982, Americans outside of the upper plains were treated to the first viewing of Northern Lights. A 90-minute work of […]

  • Land for Sale

    This year, all across America, people are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.  Perhaps Lincoln’s greatest influence on North Dakota was  his signing of the Homestead Act in 1862, which brought thousands of settlers to the state with the promise of free land.  The Railroads and the US Government were also selling land […]

  • Shivaree

    Some cows are born for greater fields.  Such was the fate of a gentle cow belonging to Bob Hinman, of Alexander, North Dakota. The cow was known for her docility, so aside from her regular duties as a milk cow, she became the officiator for local “shivarees,” or mock wedding ceremonies. On this date in […]

  • Pig Lady of Hollywood

    Edith Hughes was a big city, little city girl.  She was born as Edith Wakeman in New York state, but she was raised in Bismarck.  When she was older, in 1930, she took her parents to California, and they made their home in Los Angeles.  Until 1941, she made it her custom to visit her […]

  • Spuds’ Day of Firsts

    It was a day of firsts in Fargo’s sister city of Moorhead, Minnesota.  As reported on this date in 1928,  Moorhead High had won its first major sports title by taking the 16th Annual Minnesota high school basketball championship.  They beat a Minneapolis team, the Edison Inventors, before a record-breaking crowd of 7,200 spectators in […]

  • Van Camp’s Pork and Beans

    The following is a print ad for Van Camp’s Pork and Beans found in the March 25, 1908, issue of the Fargo Forum.  It’s a “comparison” ad, comparing YOUR WAY,  (as in your home kitchen), and OUR WAY, (as in our modern Van Camp’s factory).  Listen closely.  You’ll enjoy the comparisons! “Your way:  You bake […]

  • Mary Robison

    The melting pot that is America has welcomed many settlers over the centuries.  Each individual bore with them some small impact, some talent or knowledge or even personality that affected the fabric of today. One such woman, Mary Robison, came to the United States when she was in her late teens.  She was married, but […]

  • Dr. Charest

    Delivery of health care services has always been a challenge in North Dakota.  Keeping small town hospitals and clinics open, along with attracting and retaining health care professionals like doctors and nurses are ongoing concerns.  Well, according to his paid advertisement in the March 23rd , 1907 edition of the Dickinson Press, Fargo-based Dr. Charest […]

  • Country Living

    There’s a lot of beauty living out in the country, but that life has its troubles, too.  George Dockter found that out in the winter of 1946. George lived in the country about 18 miles north of McClusky.  The winter had been bad, and the snow was so deep that the postman wasn’t able to […]

  • Oscar Peterson, DSC

    Oscar W. Peterson was a boiler-maker in Jamestown before he joined the Army in 1917. On this date in 1918, he was promoted from corporal to sergeant, and two months later he was shipped overseas, where he served in France during WWI. Peterson was attached to Company A, 59th Infantry, which was engaged in an […]

  • The War in Iraq/ND Guard Casualties

    The War in Iraq began on March 20th, 2003. (President Bush audio from MS NBC)  “On my orders coalition forces have begun striking selective targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein’s ability to wage war.  These are opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign.” (Dan Rather audio from CBS Evening […]

  • The Marmarth Mummified Dinosaur

    It’s not often that Marmarth, North Dakota makes national news.  For years the tiny town of 140 has sat comfortably in its anonymity; just one of many small towns in North Dakota.  But that was all before it became the site of one of the rarest and most important dinosaur finds in a generation. In […]

  • North Dakota’s Former Governors’ Mansion

    For sixty-seven years, the North Dakota Governors’ Mansion served as home to twenty-three state executives.  Originally constructed in Bismarck in 1884 by a local businessman to serve as his family residence, the state purchased the home nine years later when it became apparent funds approved to construct a new governors’ house were insufficient. Although a […]

  • George Pinney and the Capital

    It was a warm, sunny morning on this date in 1862; not a cloud in sight.  But inside the legislative buildings, a storm was brewing. The recently elected First Legislative Assembly for the Territory of Dakota convened at Yankton, the temporary territorial capital.  Among the thirteen members of the House of Representatives sat George M. […]