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  • Wooden Leg

    On this date in 1907, the Northern Pacific railroad held an auction in Fargo to get rid of some unclaimed baggage that had accumulated over the last two years. The boxes and parcels were sold unopened, so there was a touch of mystery to the proceedings. Many fine discoveries were made, such as a box […]

  • Fort Berthold Indian Fair

    The first Fort Berthold Indian Fair began on this date in 1911, held in a large open field near the Elbowoods Agency. Indian fairs, or industrial fairs as many Indian agents referred to them, served a variety of purposes. To Native Americans, the fairs were a social occasion at which cultural demonstrations, stories, and crafts […]

  • B-52 Incident, 1980

    North Dakota has been the home of two Air Force bases since the 1950s, and both Minot and Grand Forks have benefitted economically. However, both cities have faced risks from the very presence of the nuclear weapons carried on B-52 bombers. The risk was usually minimized by the careful work of the airmen who serviced […]

  • Minot gets a street light

    So many modern conveniences have become so commonplace that we take them for granted, often not realizing the great benefits derived from new gadgets and technologies. One of the foundations of traffic safety, “stop-and-go” lights, provides better flows of cars and trucks on the streets of North Dakota cities and towns. This day in history […]

  • Dr. Johnson and the Soldiers Home

    Dr. J. H. Johnson, the first surgeon of the North Dakota Soldiers’ Home, passed away on this date in 1910. As surgeon of the home, Johnson also served on the Board of Admissions. His role at the home was instrumental during its early years. Although Johnson suffered from a stroke in February of 1910 that […]

  • State Highway Commission

    T. G. Plomasen was appointed state highway commissioner on this date in 1934. Although the full-time position had only existed for eighteen months, Plomasen was the state’s third commissioner. During the 1930s, North Dakota had six different governors within six years, and seven highway commissioners. These turbulent times resulted in a variety of policy changes […]

  • Ted Weems

    On this date in 1946, the orchestra of Ted Weems played in the Jamestown armory. Weems was a nationally recognized bandleader who had risen to prominence during the 1930s. He also wrote music, and though some of his more popular songs, such as “Jig Time” and “The One Man Band,” may or may not be […]

  • 9/11 and North Dakota’s F-16

    What started out as an ordinary day on the morning of September 11, 2001 quickly became anything but for Brad Derrig and two other F-16 pilots of North Dakota’s 119th Fighter Wing. Shortly after the attack on the Twin Towers, the three North Dakota fighter jets were scrambled from their unit’s alert detachment at Langley […]

  • United Tribes International Powwow

      The 40th Annual United Tribes International Powwow began on this date a year ago. Begun in 1969, the International Powwow draws thousands from across the country and Canada to the United Tribes Technical College campus in Bismarck each year in a display of Native American culture and craftsmanship. In 2009, the Powwow hosted over […]

  • USS North Dakota Fire

    A deadly fire aboard the USS North Dakota made national headlines on this date a century ago. The fire occurred on September 8th, as the ship returned to port in Virginia from fleet exercises. A heavy dreadnought, the North Dakota ran on fuel oil, which was highly combustible. The ship was sailing in formation when […]

  • History, Culture and the Arts 2010 Lesson Plans

    History, Culture and the Arts 2010 Lesson Plans Most of these lesson plans can easily be adapted for other grade levels. Subject(s) Grade Level(s) Title Science PreK – 3 Flower Power Health, Social Skills PreK – 3 Anger Looks Like Social Studies, Science, Math, Language Arts, Art. PreK – 3 Apples, Apples Everywhere Science, Language […]

  • Viking Football Fans in North Dakota

    For better or for worse, a multitude of North Dakotans are faithful fans of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. In 2003, a Sports Illustrated poll revealed that forty-three percent of North Dakotans regard the Minnesota Vikings as their favorite NFL team. If we do the math, then about 275,000 of 636,677 North Dakotans are Vikings fans. […]

  • William N. Roach

    William Nathaniel Roach, early North Dakota politician, passed away on this date in 1902. Although his later career was tainted by political scandal, Roach served in political office for sixteen years, until his retirement in 1899. Roach was born on September 25, 1840 in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. There, he attended Gonzaga College […]

  • Local Lefse Maker

    A press release issued on this date in 2005 announced the release of Thor’s Favorites. Created by Liz Gjellstad, the DVD took an in-depth look at potato lefse, the traditional Norwegian dish popular to most North Dakota dinner tables. Lefse, a thin bread made from potatoes, is said to have been created by the Norse […]

  • Slope County

    On this date in 1925, the Slope County Post published an article about the county’s history. Slope County was created in 1914 when Billings County was divided. The battle for the county seat soon followed. Marmarth was originally chosen, but it was discovered that many non-residents (mainly the railroad workers) had voted. A recall election […]

  • Arrowood Dam

    On this date in 1931, bids were taken for building the Arrowood Dam in Stutsman County. Carl Liberg, of Jamestown, received the contract at a price of $2,327. He and his team of five men began almost immediately to clear and excavate for the dam. Soon, various old tales of a buried treasure in that […]

  • Jamestown

    Today, we recognize Jamestown as the home of the buffalo. The city is marked with the world’s largest buffalo statue, recently named Dakota Thunder, by the two resident white buffalos, and by the National Buffalo Museum. But the city of Jamestown has more history than the cultural significance of bison. Originally a Northern Pacific railroad […]

  • Champion Potato Picker

    On this date in 1940, potatoes were on the menu-or at least, the agenda-for competitors in a National Potato Picking Contest in Barnesville, Minnesota. The contest started in 1938 and is ongoing even today, as part of Barnesville’s Potato Days celebration. Today, they start the contest at 10:00 on a Saturday morning at the sound […]

  • First Million Dollar Project

    It was this date in 1881 that the Northern Pacific Railroad began major operations on the first million dollar project in North Dakota history. And that was when a million dollars could actually buy you something. Throughout much of the 1870s and 1880s, the Northern Pacific worked doggedly to join the Great Lakes seaports with […]

  • Fort Lincoln Internment Camp: Ernst Pohlig

    Yesterday we brought you the story of Toyojiro Suzuki, a Japanese American interned at Fort Lincoln during WWII. At its peak population, Fort Lincoln housed 1200 Japanese and 500 German detainees. Today we bring you Ernst Pohlig’s story from the German side of camp. Technically he was a “detainee” until the US declared war on […]