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  • Blackout Baby Born

    The Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, plunged the U.S. into World War II. Almost overnight, the entire nation mobilized for the global conflict. North Dakotans were deeply affected. Sixty thousand North Dakotans joined the military and another forty thousand journeyed to the West Coast to work in defense plants. […]

  • Butch Sundance and Walness

    On December 12, 1913, a Grand Forks story reported the last living member of the infamous Wild Bunch had just been in town. Frank Walness, 39, told the reporter he had just gotten out of a Utah prison after serving 21 years; he said he left home when he was only 16 but couldn’t say […]

  • William Molash Acquitted

    In the annals of western North Dakota history there is one character that most typified the cowboy image. William Molash, better known as Turkey Track Bill, was born in Michigan, but ended up in Dakota Territory on a cattle drive from Texas. Turkey Track got his name from his years with the Turkey Track Ranch […]

  • Standing Rock

    On this date in 1886, the Winona Times reported that the Indians of the Standing Rock Reservation had gathered for a ceremony to dedicate the sacred rock. The rock had been mounted on a pedestal at the request of Major James McLaughlin, the agent at the time. Sitting Bull stated that only the purest man […]

  • Women’s Suffrage

    Wyoming Territory passed the first women’s suffrage law on this date in 1869, granting women equal voting rights. Although this led to a dramatic and hopeful response in the more populated areas of the country, Dakota Territory, organized eight years earlier, was slower to champion the cause of women’s suffrage. Sparse settlement and long distances […]

  • Grand Forks Sleigh Ride

    With only a few weeks remaining until Old St. Nickolas comes down the chimney with his bag of toys, the sights and sounds of Christmas fill the air. Christmas carols often remind us of “Christmases long, long ago.” On this date in 1950, L. K. VanAlstine of Grand Forks and Theresa Thoreson of East Grand […]

  • Minot’s Japanese-Americans in World War II

    The Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941, plunged the U.S. into World War II. Congress declared war on Japan the following day, December 8th. On that same day, the Japanese-American residents of Minot placed an advertisement in the Minot Daily News to tell of their loyalty to the U.S., entitling it: […]

  • Gerald Nye, America Firster

    Most people are aware that today marks the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but few North Dakotans likely recall the epic political blunder that Senator Gerald Nye also made on that day. North Dakota Senator Gerald Nye was born in Hortonville, Wisconsin, in 1892. He worked for several newspapers in Wisconsin […]

  • UFO Sighting

    The Saturday Evening Post has long been more than a magazine; with us for nearly 300 years, the magazine has become an institution, a household name. It came into being before the United States. Published first in 1728 by Benjamin Franklin as the Pennsylvania Gazette, it became The Saturday Evening Post in 1821. When residents […]

  • Sanish

    The little town of Sanish sprang to life in 1916. Like its sister cities of Van Hook and Independence, it provided services to the rural population on the fertile Missouri River plains. But this location and the need for irrigation sealed the fate of the little community. Unlike many towns along the river, it was […]

  • Smoking

    We are all aware of the evils of smoking and have heard repeatedly the reasons to quit, but an event that occurred over one hundred years ago may add yet another. Patrick Noonan, after whom the City of Noonan in Divide County is named, was a pipe smoker. He enjoyed the aroma of a fine […]

  • DeMolay

    Ninety years ago on this date, the first North Dakota chapter of the DeMolay organization received its ‘Letters Temporary.” The Ivanhoe Chapter, located in Grand Forks, was officially chartered the following month. It was the fourteenth DeMolay chapter in the country. Today, North Dakota has four DeMolay chapters, two in Bismarck, one in Fargo, and […]

  • Cold War Civil Defence Plan

    On this date in 1943, the first nuclear chain reaction took place as part of the Manhattan Project. The creation of nuclear weapons would soon change North Dakota forever. One such change was the construction of the Air Force bases at Minot and Grand Forks in the 1950s. Even though North Dakota was right in […]

  • Unemployed Citizens League

    In 1932, the U.S. unemployment rate was at twenty-three percent. In Minot, that summer, about one hundred men who had lost their jobs banded together to “make their way” through their misfortune. The men formed a group called the Unemployed Citizens League and “they let it be known that they would be willing to go […]

  • MDU

    Electricity in rural North Dakota essentially began in the 1930s with the creation of the Rural Electrification Administration, but most larger communities had had electricity for decades. Electrical generating plants were common in many communities, and entrepreneurs noted that the major cost involved in distributing electricity was in the generation – not transmission to the […]

  • Horace Greeley

    Beyond advising Americans to move west, Horace Greeley had little to do with Dakota Territory. Thus, a post in the territory named in his honor may appear odd. But, Greeley was more than a simple supporter of American expansion; he was an immensely influential editor of the New York Tribune, and a presidential candidate in […]

  • Senate Chaplain

    Some people have a gift for bringing reconciliation. That was certainly so of Dr. Richard Halverson. The native of Pingree, North Dakota often found himself in the middle of tense political situations as the longtime chaplain to the United States Senate. Shortly after Halverson’s death on this date in 1995, a friend recalled one particularly […]

  • Rural Schools

    North Dakota has always been a large space with a relatively small population. Because of this, rural schools often had a shift in the number of students when children in one family matured and moved on. Then, if a younger family moved into another part of the township, the school often physically shifted to this […]

  • William Groninger

    William Groninger was born on a farm in Pennsylvania. He had a long and interesting life, serving as county surveyor, county commissioner and as commissioner’s clerk there in Juniata County, as well as working once as a teacher and principal. He was also recruited into the 126th Regiment of Pennsylvania, Company I, during the Civil […]

  • Thanksgiving

    Today is Thanksgiving. Tradition shows it as a religious holiday of thankful prayer and meditation, but the significance of the day has varied through the decades in North Dakota. In 1890 the New Rockford Transcript believed that this was a day in which “the people could express their gratitude to the Creator for the bounty […]