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  • Prairie Stage Touring Co.

    Visionary theater director Fred Walsh died on this date in 1999. Walsh’s 1952 introduction to North Dakota was chilly, but not because of the weather. The founder of The Little Country Theatre, Alfred Arvold, was being forced to leave NDSU, because he’d reach the state-mandated retirement age of 70. Walsh – a decorated war veteran […]

  • Richard Bates, POW

    On this date in 1973, the Viet Cong released First Lieutenant Richard Bates of the U.S. Air Force. While flying a mission nearly six months before, he was shot down over North Vietnam and taken prisoner. Bates was from Plaza, ND, and was 24 when he was captured. This is the story he told: “I […]

  • What’s in a Name?

    On this date in 1951, the Devils Lake World published a summary of a letter sent by Clarence A. Sagen, a former legislator out of Ramsey County, concerning his new life in Tacoma, Washington. The emphasis of this letter was on “life,” as Sagen’s wife had received a memorial resolution passed by the most recent […]

  • Teddy Roosevelt Statue

    When Henry Waldo Coe moved to Mandan, he was the first physician to settle in the state. He eventually became mayor there, among other prominent positions, and even befriended President Theodore Roosevelt. Coe later moved away to Oregon, but he maintained this connection. After Roosevelt’s death, he decided to commission a memorial for his famous […]

  • North West Company and Pembina

    When Alexander Henry built a North West Company trading post near the Red River in 1801, he knew the competition would be stiff. For nearly a century, the North West Company’s bitter rival, the Hudson’s Bay Company, had enjoyed a monopoly in the British fur trade. With forts along Hudson’s Bay, the Hudson’s Bay Company […]

  • Finer Things in Life

    Many of the tales told about the early days of western North Dakota are about the rough and tumble men, and occasionally women, of the west. Cowboys and cattlemen, rustlers and outlaws. But not everyone from that era was of that nature. A letter to the editor from a 1908 early spring edition of the […]

  • Thriving Homesteaders

    “Mecca of Homesteaders; Thriving Villages, Prosperous Farmers.” That’s the headline for a story found in a late March edition of the Dickinson Press, extolling the virtues of life in Hettinger County in 1907. One has to wonder if the article was written for the locals, or for people back east, still contemplating a move out […]

  • Sisters of Mary of the Presentation

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  • Louis L’Amour, Author

    Today is the birthday of Louis L’Amour, one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century. His father was a large-animal veterinarian who had moved to Dakota Territory in 1882, and it was in Jamestown that Louis was born in 1908, the last of seven children. Louis’s grandfather, Abraham Dearborn, lived in a little […]

  • Movie Fargo

    On this weekend in 1996, the movie “Fargo” premiered at the Fargo Theatre. It went on to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards that year, and news agencies descended on Fargo to cover the history-making night. The scene outside the theater was as quirky as the movie itself, as news people from […]

  • Blizzard Sour Cream

    Lincoln Valley is a ghost town today, but it was once a bustling community in Sheridan County. However, there was little business being done there on this date in 1951, as the town’s 75 residents were effectively snowed in-and had been for several weeks. They were running out of everything, including meat, bread, flour and […]

  • James William Follis

    On this date in 1865, North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Famer, James William Follis, was born on a ranch outside of Stevensville, Texas. The son of a retired Confederate Army cavalryman, Follis was well versed in horsemanship, and became an expert rancher at a young age. When he was just seven years old, Follis assisted […]

  • Cup of Joe

    Have you had your coffee this morning? Probably, if you’re like the majority of Americans. In 2000, the National Coffee Association found that 54% of the adult population of the United States drank coffee daily, with an additional 25% of Americans drinking coffee occasionally. That’s a lot of coffee, and a lot of coffee drinkers. […]

  • New York Fire Hero

    Edward P. Wells, of Jamestown, distinguished himself on this date in 1899 at the great Windsor Hotel fire in New York City. The hotel, situated on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Forty-Seventh Street, burned to the ground, killing over thirty people and injuring more than fifty. Many of the injured were not hotel guests, […]

  • Dennis Hannafin

    With tomorrow being St. Patrick’s Day, we bring you the story of one of North Dakota’s better-known Irishman. He was a Civil War veteran, a frontiers-man, a friend of governors and of the men who made governors, but he was also an enemy of Native Americans. He was born in 1835, and yesterday was his […]

  • Hazel Miner

    The winter of 2008-2009 is remembered as bitterly cold. Sub-zero temperatures with massive snowfall. In that kind of nasty wintery weather, North Dakotans are thankful for such inventions as polar fleece, Thinsulate, and engine block heaters. But back in the 1920s, those helpful inventions that keep us so toasty and safe were not around. Farm […]

  • Hirohito’s Horse

    North Dakotan Marion Hagberg was a nurse, through and through. She was trained in and practiced nursing in several states. She even met her future husband, Walter Moen, when he hired her for a job as a nursing supervisor. With all of her experiences, she had many stories to tell, and one was reported in […]

  • Dr. Herbert Anderson

    In 1900, a young Englishman named Herbert Anderson journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean to start a new life in North America. After studying medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College in Toronto, Anderson moved to Dickinson in 1907 and set up a veterinary hospital. Anderson, who eventually became an American citizen, faithfully served North Dakotan farmers […]

  • Liz Anderson, Songwriter

    Tomorrow is the birthday of Elizabeth Jane Haaby Anderson, a singer-songwriter born in 1930 in Roseau, Minnesota. She is the mother of country star Lynn Anderson, whom we talked about February 3rd. Although her music career was somewhat overshadowed by her daughter’s success, Liz’s accomplishments are significant in her own right; daughter Lynn’s first Top-40 […]

  • Lloyd Harmon

    Musician 2nd Class Lloyd Frost Harmon, from Mandan, was discharged from the army on this date in 1919. He served with Company A of the 164th Infantry during World War I. The following is a letter he wrote to a friend named Mick from “Somewhere in France” in 1918: Nearly wept great alligator tears of […]