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  • A Question of Drink

    When North Dakota became a state in November 1889, it entered as a dry state. Prohibition did not sit well with everyone, and less than two years later, the Bismarck Tribune reported during the 1891 legislative session that “Probably in no city in the state is the prohibition law being so rigidly observed as in [...]

  • Medora Packing Plant

    In June of 1881 Sitting Bull surrendered at Fort Buford, which in many respects marked the end of the Frontier Era in what is now North Dakota. With all but a handful of Indians now on reservations, the vast open prairie in western Dakota Territory became desirable for settlement. But unlike the Red River Valley, [...]

  • Louis Marion

    Louis Marion, born on this date in 1870 in Pembina, would become one of the great leaders of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Marion’s family moved to the Turtle Mountains in the mid-1880s. In 1893, he was sent to school in Indiana for four years, and in 1891 he attended St. Joseph’s College. Marion [...]

  • Alfred G. Arvold

    North Dakota audiences were treated to the first production of “The Professor’s Predicament” on this date in 1907. The play was directed by newly hired North Dakota Agricultural College instructor Alfred G. Arvold, the man who would change North Dakota educational theater forever. After establishing a theater on the NDAC campus, Arvold was known throughout [...]

  • Unconventional Ailments

    This day in 1926 started out with much excitement for the sisters of Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Dickinson. An expansion had just been completed, and upon the sisters’ inspection, especially of the woodwork in the new chapel, the new addition was deemed satisfactory. According to a History of St. Joseph’s, “That evening during recreation, we [...]

  • 2010s

    2010 Prairie Public hosted the new PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest, formerly known as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. In February, Prairie Public hosted a free public screening of “A Considered View: The Photography of Wayne Gudmundson” at the Plains Art Museum. In March, television premiered “Golfing Gems: The Best Small Town [...]

  • Valentine’s Day on the Heart

    Today is Valentine’s Day for which the origin dates back to the Roman celebration of Lupercalia in honor of the Greek god, Pan. The names of the virgin daughters of Rome were placed in a box. The young men of Rome would then each draw a name and present this girl with a gift. He [...]

  • Merci America

    The war was over in Europe, but an impoverished, devastated countryside attested to the carnage that took place. In many communities there was little left in the way of shelter. Entire towns had been reduced to rubble and food was scarce. So once again America came to the aid of the French and Italians when, [...]

  • Merci America Continued

    The French Gratitude Train Boxcar had arrived in Bismarck on February 15th, 1949. It carried gifts from the French people in recognition of not only the military sacrifice of America’s young men and women, but also for the acts of kindness following the war. Only a brief ceremony was held upon its arrival with plans [...]

  • Displaced Persons

    At the end of World War II, there were many Europeans who had been displaced by war. On June 25, 1948, President Harry Truman signed the Displaced Persons Act into effect. This act allowed resettlement of displaced Europeans in the United States.   On this date in 1949, the Bismarck Tribune reported that the first [...]

  • Aloisius Joseph Muench

    Aloisius Joseph Muench was born on this date in 1889 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The son of German immigrants, Muench was the oldest of eight children. He attended St. Boniface Parish School in Milwaukee and graduated from the Seminary of St. Francis de Sales. He received his Master’s from the University of Wisconsin, and his Doctorate [...]

  • Sioux Settlement Treaty

    The Dakota Sioux and the U.S. Government signed an important treaty on this date in 1867. It was the wish of the Government to construct a road to the Pacific through Dakota Territory. To do so, they first had to pacify the Native groups. Territorial Governor Newton Edmunds was sent to convince the Sioux that [...]

  • Henry Hastings Sibley

    He is one of Minnesota’s most famous and influential citizens, participating in some of its most turbulent history. Henry H. Sibley, Minnesota’s first governor, was born this date in Detroit, Michigan in 1811. Sibley played a vital role on the wild and bloody frontier of both Minnesota and Dakota Territories. Responding to an 18-year-old’s wanderlust, [...]

  • Stock Suit Siege

    A former Minnesota Attorney General succumbed to authorities after a twenty-four hour siege on this day in 1907. The General, W. B. Douglas of St. Paul, attempted to avoid being served garnishment papers after his recent purchase of the Smith-Kenmare Dry Coal Company. The papers were being brought on behalf of E. C. Tolley, the [...]

  • Bachelor Club

    Last week some of us enjoyed chocolates, flowers, and romantic canoodling with our sweethearts for Valentine’s Day. But then others were celebrating “Singles Awareness Day,” an equally legitimate holiday where single people can choose to celebrate or commiserate their independent lives.   On today’s date in 1902, a group of ten “turned down, heart-pierced” young [...]

  • Peggy Lee news from 1969

    North Dakota’s favorite home grown chanteuse, Peggy Lee, was the subject of an interesting article published in the New York Daily News on this date in 1969. Given the ever changing entertainment, societal and journalism standards, the story from the end of the turbulent 60s is especially interesting. Here’s part of what reporter Ruth Kling [...]

  • Hepburn Rate Bill

    On January 24, 1906, US Congressman William Hepburn of Iowa introduced legislation for the Hepburn Rate Bill, also known as the Railroad Rate Bill, to the House of Representatives. This bill was strongly endorsed by President Theodore Roosevelt, and would grant power to the Interstate Commerce Commission to regulate railroad shipping rates.   After the [...]

  • John Burke’s Birthday

    Today marks the 153rd birthday of ‘Honest John’ Burke, North Dakota’s tenth Governor. Born in Iowa, in 1859, ‘Honest John’ became known as a champion of public welfare and a “…man of unquestioned integrity.” The son of Irish immigrants, Burke migrated to Dakota Territory after receiving his law degree from the University of Iowa. Penniless, [...]

  • Dogs Save Dogs

    On this date in 1949 came a report from Grand Forks of a farmer whose life was saved by three dogs. Charles Westberg lived and worked alone on his farm five miles south of the city. His wife had passed the previous year and Westberg kept the dogs for company. On a cold morning, he [...]

  • The Envelope Please

    Everyone called them “the Gregerson girls” – Grace, Rose, Florence, Ethel and Mildred. Around 1909 their parents, Sarah and Frederick, moved with three daughters from Minnesota to Fargo, where their father worked for the North Dakota Harness Company. Two more daughters were born in Fargo, and by 1914 the family was complete.   All five [...]