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  • Dry Wahpeton

    Wahpeton was in a tenuous situation in October of 1922. The weather had been dry since June, and fires were rampant throughout the city and surrounding areas, burning barns, a theater, and threatening homes. As a result, the mayor and the fire chief had urged citizens to lessen fire risks in all ways possible, even […]

  • Fargo Medical Sanitarium

    On this date in 1900, the citizens of North Dakota had available to them the latest in medical treatment. By today’s standards however, some of the treatments seem a little suspicious. The Fargo Forum reported the opening of the new North Dakota Medical, Surgical and Electrical Sanitarium. Of course the new sanitarium also was equipped […]

  • Axis Grinder

    Today’s story is about Lt. Col. James Buzick, a Fargo man who started his military career in WWII. Buzick was an original member of the 577th Squadron of the 392nd bomb group, which flew its first combat mission in September 1943. He was a ball turret gunner on a B-24H S/N 42-7495, the first ever […]

  • Butte St. Paul

    On this date in 1935, about 50 acres surrounding Butte St. Paul, near Dunseith, was deeded to the state as an historic site. Back in the winter of 1850, a bitter winter storm hit the area, and to thank God for deliverance, Father George Belcourt erected a wooden cross at the top of the butte. […]

  • October 1911

    Some wild and crazy things were going on about this time in 1911. Out west, a woman was going after the Dickinson City Council. A Fargo Forum article read, “Mrs. Anna Lenneville sent a communication to the city council in which she cited the fact that she had been a resident of Dickinson for thirty […]

  • Justice Paul Sand

    It was on this date in 1911 that Crosby was incorporated. Like many other fledgling towns, Crosby was originally in a different location, about one mile west of where it now stands. After the railroads came through, the townsite was moved to a spot about midway between the original location and a hamlet named Imperial. […]

  • Golden Industry

    Engineers were sifting flour, but it wasn’t the usual flour that is produced from North Dakota’s golden wheat fields. Instead, engineers were sifting for flour gold in the fields between Towner and Balfour, and the process was proclaimed successful today in 1934. The area where the gold was being mined had been part of a […]

  • Prairie Fires

    On Oct. 19th, 1932, a surprise ice storm in North Dakota broke down 12,360 poles of the Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. and caused $250,000 worth of damage to its lines. October is one of the most unpredictable months in our state. While homesteaders feared grasshoppers, hail and blizzards that threatened harvesting, September and October also […]

  • Cy Taillon

    One of the greatest rodeo announcers of all time was born on this date in 1907 near Cavalier, North Dakota. The youngest of 10 children, James Cyrille Taillon grew up helping with farm work and enjoying card games, horse-drawn skiing, baseball and music. Soon nicknamed “Cy,” he was a violinist at age six and also […]

  • Interstate 94 part 2

    If you were listening yesterday, you heard about the stretch of I-94 between Valley City and Jamestown being opened for through traffic for the first time in 1958. Serving as a small preview of what would come, the opening of the highway was a big event. The new road was costly, but would be safer, […]

  • Interstate 94

    On this date in 1958, the stretch of Interstate 94 between Valley City and Jamestown was dedicated and opened for business at an interchange south of Eckelson. The section of highway stretched for 39 miles and was at the time the largest single piece completed as a unit on the 41,000-mile interstate system. Governor Davis […]

  • Red Peasant International

    While buoyed by the fall of Czarist Russia, the international Communist Party faced stiff resistance from Western democracies by the early 1920s. Combined with the failure of revolutions in Poland, Hungary and Germany, party officials realized they needed a more subtle method to spread their ideology. Instead of directly fighting the capitalist structure, communist organizations […]

  • Learning

    Students in North Dakota have, throughout decades past, been subject to the changing of seasons in an agricultural state. Different farm-related chores sometimes took precedent over the classroom. You, dear listener, may have a parent or grandparent who was finished with school by the time they were twelve or fourteen. And it didn’t just happen […]

  • Elwyn Robinson, Historian

    Today is the birthday of historian Elwyn Robinson; many Dakota Datebook segments have been helped along because of his exceptional research. Robinson was the son of a photographer and was born near Cleveland, Ohio, in 1905. Elwyn displayed many interests as a child, including tennis, handball, marksmanship, football and the game of chess. He graduated […]

  • Gol Stave Church Museum

    First-time visitors to Minot, North Dakota are often surprised to find a Norwegian Stave Church in the town’s center. The large wooden church, located in the Scandinavian Heritage Park, is a full-scale replica of the 750-year-old Gol Stave Church currently located in the Bygdøy Folk Museum near Oslo, Norway. During the Christianization period of Scandinavia, […]

  • Kodak from Nodak

    On October 11, 1881, a homesteader living in Hunter, North Dakota, took out a patent for camera film that would forever change the world of photography. The inventor, David Henderson Houston, was to become a major player in the Kodak empire. Houston, the son of a tenant farmer, was born on June 14th, 1841 in […]

  • Cowboy Cookin

    Trail bosses knew the better the cook, the better the men he could hire, because one of the few pleasures in a cowpoke’s day was eating. Preferred cuisine included beans, Sourdough Biscuits, Red Bean Pie and Vinegar Pie. Here’s the recipe for another delicacy, Sonofabitch Stew: Kill off a young steer. Cut up about a […]

  • Inventor

    Albert Hoiland was a North Dakotan inventor from the early 1900s. Throughout his life, he invented many contraptions, including a wild oat separator, a cow trainer, a “flying machine” (a helicopter), highway guards, and furnace grates – and he left a great legacy of helpful tools. On this date in 1954, the Fargo Forum reported […]

  • Dakota Territory Governor Jayne

    Today, in 1920, lightning killed the cow that Amidon farmer, Thorvald Olstad, was milking, but he escaped without injury. And in Embden, lightning struck and killed three horses hitched to a plow just moments after the driver walked away on an errand. Today also marks the birthday of the first governor of Dakota Territory, William […]

  • Homesteading Near Fort Abercrombie

    Andrew Paulson met Hanna Broken in western Wisconsin, where they were married in 1869. Both were Norwegian immigrants, and for a time, Andrew supported Hanna as a logger. Three years later, however, they had lost everything in a bad business deal. In 1871, Andrew left Hanna in Chippewa Falls and headed west to Fort Abercrombie […]