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  • Portrait of an Expedition

    Camped on the outskirts of the Black Hills, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry prepared to enter unrecorded country on this day in 1874.  Over the next 27 days, the 1,000-man military expedition from Fort Abraham Lincoln documented their findings. Diaries, reports and newspaper dispatches provided vivid details of events, terrain, wildlife, […]

  • In Memoriam

    On this date in 1942, there was one more flag flying on the main flagpole in the middle of the UND campus.  Solid blue and marked with nine large, white stars, this flag memorialized the school’s nine alumni who had so far died in action during World War II. The flag was raised in a […]

  • The Later Life of Pierre Bottineau

    Even before his death in 1895, Pierre Bottineau was legendary on the Northern Plains.  His work and financial dealings had established railroads, created towns and founded forts across the prairie.  Like Forrest Gump, Bottineau always seemed to find himself at the most exciting and historically important places. But quite unlike Forrest Gump, Bottineau was quite […]

  • Camp Corning

    If you’ve been listening in lately to Dakota Datebook, you’ll have followed along as we traced General Henry Sibley’s march through Dakota Territory during the summer of 1863.  Sibley’s army was part of a grand design to engage a group of Dakota who had raided a number of Minnesota settlements the previous year. During the […]

  • North Dakota’s Own Harry Potter

    On this date, North Dakotans along with movie-goers across the nation await the arrival of the highly anticipated film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  J.K. Rowling’s magical book series about a school for wizards is so popular that the very name Harry Potter instantly conjures the image of a slender, black-haired wizard with a […]

  • Happy Chandler’s Victory

    Before integrating Major League Baseball and creating the first players’ pension fund, Baseball Commissioner Albert “Happy” Chandler was a young college kid playing ball on the northern plains. Born on this date in 1898, Chandler grew up in Kentucky.  While attending college in 1920, he came in contact with University of Kentucky baseball coach Andy […]

  • The Battle of Grand Coteau

    Throughout much of the early nineteenth century, the Métis remained one of the dominant groups of the Red River Valley.  Descended largely from Ojibwa or Cree mothers and European fathers, the Red River Métis were fiercely independent, noted as excellent horsemen, trappers, voyageurs and buffalo hunters.  Their success, however, often put them in conflict with […]

  • Wadeson Cabin

    It was on this date in 1957 that the State Historical Society acquired Wadeson Cabin; an old hand-hewn log building on the eastern bank of the Sheyenne River near Kathryn, North Dakota.  Built in 1876 by Carl Jenson and Jon Bjerke, the Wadeson Cabin established itself as an important local landmark; serving as a pioneer […]

  • Flooding of the Heart

    In 1935, the Heart River left its banks, turning Mandan into a raging flood area. On this date, one resident of the city was caught when the water overtook his home.  Unable to escape, and unable to attract the attention of nearby rescue teams, Alfred Willis had to save himself. So, at age 75, Alfred […]

  • Dr. Neal Barnard

    Over 32,000 North Dakotans have some type of diabetes – that’s an estimate from the North Dakota Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. Type 2 Diabetes is preventable, or controllable, by a healthy diet and exercise program. North Dakota born Dr. Neal Barnard is doing just that. Neal Barnard was born in Fargo on this day […]

  • Mercury Lynx

    In the summer of 1981, Hollywood descended upon the Bob Iwen farm in rural Cass County. Located three and a half miles north of Arthur, the farm was deemed the “perfect location” for filming an automobile commercial. The Ford Mercury Corporation chose Bob Iwen’s farm simply for its wheat fields. To the “Hollywood Eye,” the […]

  • Weather

    The thirties were dirty, dusty, and dry, but it seemed like no year compared to 1936.  The 1936 winter was bone-chilling across the US.  In North Dakota, the town of Parshall experienced an all-time state record low of -60 on February 16.  And when winter gave way to summer, there came stifling heat-so much, that […]

  • Zdena Irma Trinka

    “Cowboys, marquises, horse thieves, cattle barons, would-be presidents, bad men and desperadoes.”  These words may bring to mind images of old western films full of gunslingers, boot spurs, and the weathered face of John Wayne.  But in fact, these are the words that author and librarian, Zdena Irma Trinka used to characterize the rich history […]

  • Geraldine Hagen

    “I cook 45 Meals in One Day!” That headline grabbed readers’ attention when opening the July 1957 edition of Capper’s Farmer magazine. Geraldine Hagen – young mother of three and farmer’s wife in Ayr, rural Cass County – was highlighted in the magazine that month for her cooking skills and kitchen organization. Her husband, Murlin […]

  • Ice Cream

    Although North Dakota is better-known for its cold winters, the summer heat can prove to be equally extreme.  One way to beat the heat is to enjoy a cool treat, like ice cream. One man who lived outside the proximity of an ice cream store felt this pull with the onset of summer in 1939.  […]

  • Medal of Honor Memorial

    Two years ago on this date, a crowd gathered at Minot’s Roosevelt Park to dedicate the Medal of Honor Memorial.  Designed by William Reynolds of Washburn, ND, it stands near the statue of Medal of Honor winner, Theodore Roosevelt.  The memorial honors the nineteen North Dakota veterans from the Spanish-American War to Vietnam who received […]

  • Hazel Onerheim – Part 2

    As we heard on the Wednesday, July 1st issue of “Dakota Datebook,” the following story about Hazel Onerheim is taken from her personal notes and diaries that she kept until her death at age 99. We pick up on Hazel’s story in 1907, just after her father dies in Montana of typhoid fever. Hazel’s story […]

  • Northern Pacific Railroad Act

    The Northern Pacific’s struggle to finance and complete the nation’s second transcontinental railroad is a familiar story to most North Dakotans.  Less familiar was the equaling daunting task of securing a charter from the federal government to build that line. Proposals to construct a railroad spanning the northern reaches of the United States had been […]

  • Hazel Onerheim – Part 1

    On July 1st of 1901, Hazel Josephine Onerheim was born near St. John, North Dakota. The following story is taken from Hazel’s personal notes and diaries, which she dutifully kept until her death at age 99. In her own words, Hazel writes,” About the first I remember is my father sitting in our log cabin, […]

  • Missing Priest

    Parishioners at the Powers Lake Catholic Church were bewildered this week in 1970 regarding the whereabouts of their pastor.  Church members waited in vain for the Reverend Frederic Nelson to arrive for Sunday’s Mass.  By noon, the worshippers gave up on the service and began to file out of the church. Some went to the […]