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  • Early Communication

    We are living in an age of information. Facebook, Twitter, email, blogs, all of which can be accessed by a variety of instruments, from an available computer in a library, to your own personal smart phones. On this date in 1924, the Portland Republican reported that the city of Portland, North Dakota, was discovering its [...]

  • Preparing to leave “North Dakota”

    Unlike present day “snowbirds,” the Lewis & Clark expedition members were gearing up to leave North Dakota after the snow. Today in 1805, on the heels of a torturous winter near the Missouri Riverbanks, ice-locked boats were being freed from their frosty confines as the explorers prepared for their Westward journey. Fort Mandan had served [...]

  • Cold War Education

    To some, the Cold War carried the specter of nuclear Armageddon, the end of life as we know it. While humanity dodged that particular bullet, efforts to build more effective bombs spurred both American and Russian intellectual curiosity and scientific prowess. The “space race,” the other epic mid-century contest between the US and the USSR, [...]

  • Television comes to ND

    The theories for creating television were developed long before the technologies existed that made it possible. Some of the earliest concepts date back to the 1870s and 1880s. Some years later, in the 1920s, the first television signal was broadcast, featuring stick figures and silhouettes. This work went on out of the public eye until [...]

  • Tiny Tim of Tokio

    Devils Lake Daily Journal reporter Stu Robertson gave an update on little Timmy Lang of Tokio, North Dakota, on this date in 1949. Robertson had profiled Timmy in the Journal, detailing the nine-year-old’s battle with brain cancer. With a fatal prognosis and over a dozen siblings, Timmy’s single mother could not afford the treatment and [...]

  • Powerball

    North Dakota’s first Powerball ticket was sold to State Representative Andy Maragos on this date in 2004. Maragos, who led the drive to allow the lottery, was first in line to try his luck. North Dakota voters had banned lotteries back in 1894. Since then, promoters tried repeatedly to repeal the ban, most notably in [...]

  • Grave Claims Hatton Hero

    Grave Claims Hatton’s Hero: was the somber headline of the Fargo Forum on this date in 1930. Indeed, every North Dakotan knew who the hero from Hatton was. Carl Ben Eielson, pioneer pilot in the Alaskan skies was coming home. The rich earth of the Red River Valley, the land of his birth, would embrace [...]

  • Cold Case Files Still Open in ND

    North Dakota’s reputation as a low-crime state is more than an anecdotal source of pride. But no state, even North Dakota, is free from major crime. For a small number of those crimes, justice can prove elusive. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem inaugurated a new team of investigators in 2003 to tackle the Roughrider [...]

  • “Bruce’s History Lessons”

    Tuesday, March 27 – It’s rather like Dakota Datebook on a national scale. Bruce Kauffmann, historian and former CBS News speechwriter, has released a collection of 450 word snippets gleaned from his syndicated column called, “Bruce’s History Lessons.” He’ll share some of these fascinating stories from around the globe. ~~~ Tom Isern has this week’s [...]

  • Langdon

    The town of Langdon, in Cavalier County, was incorporated in 1888. It has called itself the “Durum Capital of the World,” and presently claims it’s “The Western Gateway to the Rendezvous Region,” with a strong desire for great living, an emphasis on family and friends, and a desire to keep the city and county thriving. [...]

  • Short Time in Governor’s Mansion

    The first North Dakota governor to live in the executive mansion was born on this date in 1830. As you might expect in the new State of North Dakota, most persons of note and influence were born somewhere else. North Dakota’s third governor, Eli C. D. Shortridge, was no exception. The West Virginia native, raised [...]

  • Limerick Ad

    British poet and painter Edward Lear is remembered as the creator of the form and meter of the modern limerick. He published his first book of poems, A Book of Nonsense, in 1846. Limericks generally follow an AABBA rhyming format. Often used humorously, sometimes crass, but usually clever, limericks remain familiar even today. So when, [...]

  • NDSU Naming Vote

    The results of a student vote to change the name of the North Dakota Agricultural College were announced on this date in 1922. The student newspaper had printed ballots, and an “overwhelming majority” of 437 students chose to unofficially change the name to North Dakota State College. Founded in 1890, the school had been created [...]

  • Of State and Cigarettes

    It’s safe to say that not a single living North Dakotan remembers the state law prohibiting sale of tobacco to minors back in ’90 … that’s because it was 1890 when the law was passed. As time went by, state lawmakers demonstrated even more spark in their anti-smoking zeal. By 1913 the state, just shy [...]

  • Fargo Shooting

    A Fargo police officer suffered an extremely close call on this day in 1917. The narrow scrape resulted during a scuffle between Fargo authorities and a group of men wanted by the Moorhead police department on charges of assault and robbery. Moorhead police had phoned Fargo’s night captain Morton Sydness that evening, asking for his [...]

  • Bananas With Bite

    The risks of being a grocer were made evident on this day in 1934 when the Fargo Forum ran a story on the bizarre hazards facing Red Owl grocer E. D. Branigan. Branigan, manager of the Fargo Red Owl store, had been a grocery clerk for decades and was conditioned for the experience that he [...]

  • North Dakota Strikes Oil

    North Dakota oil drilling was an oddity in the first half of the 20th century. Thirty years of wildcat drilling in the state’s northwest corner left nothing but dry holes. So, in 1950, when the Clarence Iverson farm outside the community of Tioga hosted an oil drill, it was a real oddity. There were no [...]

  • Arthur LeSueur, A Minot Socialist

    Arthur LeSueur of Minot had a real talent for stirring up controversy in 1911. LeSueur was a reformer who wanted to clean up the city. His goal was to shut down illegal gambling dens. He wanted to close all saloons in Minot, which were unlawful. LeSueur also wished to eliminate bawdy houses of prostitution, then [...]

  • Silent Sentinels of the Civil War

    Every day and every night, soldiers stand in stony vigil in North Dakota. That’s because these guardians are statues, actually made of stone. Their sole post is to serve as remembrance for their fallen comrades in arms – comrades who served in the American Civil War. Perched atop their pillars in Fargo, Grand Forks and [...]

  • Presidential Visit

    Throughout history, American cities tend to bustle with special excitement when a president visits. Not only do presidential visits inspire celebration and news, they usually secure a strong place in their own historical record. That was especially true when selected lucky cities in North Dakota welcomed the man everyone considered a favorite adopted son-Theodore Roosevelt. [...]