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  • Holger Cahill

    On this day in 1887, Sveinn Kristjan Bjarnarsson was born in Skogarstrond, Iceland. For those familiar with the art world, he is far better known as Holger Cahill. Life was not easy for Sveinn and his family. After a move from their native country of Iceland to Western Canada, they later settled in the upper […]

  • Nash Finch

    As we gathered together with friends and family this past holiday season, many of us enjoyed the inevitable feast; pumpkin pie, turkey, sweet potatoes, green-bean casserole, sweet corn and ham. But, as we went through the grocery store picking up the needed items for these elaborate meals, few of us stopped to think about how […]

  • Green Box Mystery

    In Bismarck, on the second floor of the Bank of North Dakota, sat a big green box-a locked steel filing case. No one knew what the box held, if it held anything. However, on this date in 1922, the mystery was solved. As it turned out, the “big green box” held a propaganda mailing list […]

  • Fire Delivery

    On this date in 1951, it was reported that the Devils Lake firemen received a special delivery they did not expect. Mike Eresman and Paul Ringstrom were driving a two-ton truck from the Seven-Up bottling Company back from Rolette when the back of their vehicle caught on fire. They traveled on unaware, until suddenly they […]

  • The Other Cathedral Car

    Religion has always played an important role throughout the history of North Dakota. As early as 1780, Jesuit missionaries were administering to the inhabitants of the Red River Valley. When the area was settled in the Nineteenth Century, the religious practices of these immigrants came with them, and churches were built in the larger communities […]

  • A Lie

    In 1929, a town in Wisconsin gave birth to a very unusual organization that still exists to this day: the Burlington Liars’ club. The idea originated with Manuel Hahn, a newspaper correspondent, in response to a lack of news one January, as Manuel later wrote: “I was …free-lancing – a euphemism for starving genteelly. …I […]

  • Jens Dixons School

    Danish settlements were founded across North Dakota, but the largest and best-known were in the northwest portion of the state. By 1910, this region held one-quarter of all Danes in North Dakota. Their presence remains highly visible even today. Names like Denmark Township leave little doubt as to its original occupants, and the Danish windmill […]

  • Governor Frank Briggs

    It was this day, January 6, 1897 that Frank Briggs was sworn in as North Dakota’s fifth governor. But his tenure … as we’re about to hear … would prove tragically brief. Frank Arlington Briggs was born on September 15, 1858 to a successful carpenter in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Following school, Briggs’ entered the newspaper […]

  • Todd vs. Jayne

    If you tuned in last month, you heard about the election of John Todd as Dakota Territory’s first Congressional delegate. It had been an easy victory for Todd. He had established business interests in Dakota Territory and a cousin in the White House, Mary Todd Lincoln. But his victory was short-lived. Less than a year […]

  • Trousers to Pants

    On this date in 1890, the Bismarck Daily Tribune reported on a national fashion debate concerning what to call the garment that covered men’s legs. Some argued for the traditional term “trousers,” which they said came from the French word trousse: a bundle or a bunching about the hips. Some felt it was a British […]

  • Drunk Duck

    When farmer J.B. Withers drained the ethanol-laden coolant from his radiator on this date in 1925, he had no idea what troubles he was pouring on to the ground. An old, generally dignified duck, if such a duck exists, helped him clean up the mess afterward by drinking the mess! However, the old drake got […]

  • The Thing

    On this date in 1951, the Minot Daily News announced that a man by the name of Edward Donahue had just been in Minot for a very special reason. He was from RKO-Radio Productions, and he was looking for a very special place to use as a backdrop for a movie. Donahue was pulled to […]

  • Era Bell Thompson and the Governor

    North Dakota’s most colorful political era was arguably the 1910s and 1920s. Countless books and articles have been written about the Nonpartisan League, Governor Frazier and the nation’s first recall election. But unique among these many works is the autobiography of Era Bell Thompson. Her recollections give modern readers a rare glimpse at the state’s […]

  • Martin Iron Bull

    Martin Iron Bull was born in 1875 and grew up at Cannon Ball on the Standing Rock reservation. Martin and his brother, Four Swords, were trained from a young age to be medicine men in the tradition of their father and grandfather. A WPA worker interviewed him in the 1930s. “My grandfather, Boat Lip, died […]

  • Williamsport

    Every few years it seems another story appears in national headlines announcing the bleak prospects for rural North Dakota. For example, a 2001 Newsweek article waxed poetically about the inevitable death of Bisbee. “Even a strong man can stand for only so long,” author Dirk Johnson wrote. In a more recent National Geographic article, Charles […]

  • Dakota

    There have been numerous attempts to get the North out of North Dakota over the past one hundred and nine years. Legislation has been introduced and petitions have been signed, but to no avail. We’re stuck with North … and on a cold and blustery winter day, it does seem appropriate. On this date in […]

  • Zoo Troubles

    The Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot began in 1920 and among it early inhabitants were two ring-tailed monkeys. The two monkeys were named Adam and Eve, and it was only natural that their first born be named Abel. But on this date in 1926, it was announced that baby Able, the first monkey born at […]

  • Old Settlers’ Organizations

    For the earliest white inhabitants of Dakota Territory, the hardships of frontier living created a unique bond. As the years progressed, and more residents arrived, these first settlers increasingly felt a need to maintain contact with one another, preserve their story or simply differentiate themselves from the new arrivals. The Dakota Territorial Legislature organized the […]

  • Santa Surprise

    Well, it’s the day after Christmas. The presents have all been delivered, the big man himself is home at the North Pole, and Santa suits worn by ‘helpers’ across the country are being returned to their boxes and rental shops, until next year. But on this date in 1913, there was one Santa suit that […]

  • Fargo’s Christmas Grinch

    In the first Christmas Datebook written five years ago, Merry Helm related the story on how Fargo’s first Christmas Tree had been stolen from a boxcar on the sidetrack in front of the Headquarters Hotel. The Grinch-like suspects in this despicable deed were none other than Jack O’Neil, Sallie O’Neil and Dave Mullen, and they, […]