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  • Korean Christmas Carol

    Sixty years ago the Korean War began and the United States entered the war as part of the United Nations peacekeeping force. Many North Dakota servicemen saw duty in Korea. On this date in 1951, many sat on lonely hilltops in Korea or wasted away in North Korean prison camps. Low on food, supplies and […]

  • New Homestead Act

    CNN Money released an article on this date in 2004 outlining aspects of the proposed New Homestead Acts in North Dakota and Kansas. Titled “Free Land in the Heartland,” the article documented the states’ attempts to lure “21st century pioneers” into depopulated rural areas. NPR investigated the story in 2003, and this past summer, the […]

  • Christmas Creatures

    Vernon Huseby grew up five miles southwest of Nome during the Great Depression. His parents, Ole and Nora, were born in Norway, and Vernon described his Ransom County neighbors as “predominantly Scandinavian, with a little American mixed in.” Blod klub was one of the Huseby family’s Christmas goodies. It was a mixture of flour, oatmeal, […]

  • Black Hand

    On December 8, 1913, a Fargo Forum story read, “The secrets of the terrible (Camorrista) clan, the black hand of Italy whose power is feared in every corner of the globe, may be bared at Bismarck…when Francesco Coccimigilio faces trial for the murder of Antoine Rigori.” Actually, the reporter had his Italian groups mixed up. […]

  • Dr. Philip Graham Reedy

    Funeral services were conducted on this date in 1936, for Dr. Philip Graham Reedy. Born on December 23, 1882, Philip Reedy was often called the first white child born at Fort Totten. His father, Thomas Reedy, came to the Fort Totten area in 1868 and it was here that he married Agnes Wells, daughter of […]

  • Summer in Winter

    In 1913, North Dakota experienced a strange December, weather-wise. On this date, it was reported that the record for the Missouri River freezing over had been broken (as far as recent written history went). The latest date previously recorded for freeze-over was December 10th, 1899. Now, here on the 19th, the river was still running […]

  • Hook and Ladder

    An ever-present danger to all 19th century frontier towns was fire. Fargo was no exception. After a fire destroyed ten buildings in the winter of 1876, the city council passed its first fire ordinance and Fargo received its first hook and ladder rig. But it took several more years and another downtown fire for citizens, […]

  • Oscar Elmer

    Oscar Henry Elmer, the Red River Valley’s first preacher, conducted the first religious service in Fargo on this date in 1871. Without a church to preach in, services were held in a make-shift tent. Attendance to the evening service was encouraged by the promise of free liquor after the service. Among the rough settlers and […]

  • A.G. Leonard

    On the campus of the University of North Dakota, there is a building that resembles a small science museum. You can find dinosaur tracks around the building, and the exterior is decorated with images of a volcano and an Apatosaurus, more commonly known as the brontosaurus. Inside the building is a 70 million year old […]

  • Last Day in Office

    Ed Schafer, the 30th governor of North Dakota, left office on this date ten years ago. After serving as governor for eight years, Governor Schafer felt satisfied that he had met three goals he had set for himself when he began his first term on December 15th, 1992. First off, Governor Schafer had diversified North […]

  • Blackout Baby Born

    The Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, plunged the U.S. into World War II. Almost overnight, the entire nation mobilized for the global conflict. North Dakotans were deeply affected. Sixty thousand North Dakotans joined the military and another forty thousand journeyed to the West Coast to work in defense plants. […]

  • Butch Sundance and Walness

    On December 12, 1913, a Grand Forks story reported the last living member of the infamous Wild Bunch had just been in town. Frank Walness, 39, told the reporter he had just gotten out of a Utah prison after serving 21 years; he said he left home when he was only 16 but couldn’t say […]

  • William Molash Acquitted

    In the annals of western North Dakota history there is one character that most typified the cowboy image. William Molash, better known as Turkey Track Bill, was born in Michigan, but ended up in Dakota Territory on a cattle drive from Texas. Turkey Track got his name from his years with the Turkey Track Ranch […]

  • Standing Rock

    On this date in 1886, the Winona Times reported that the Indians of the Standing Rock Reservation had gathered for a ceremony to dedicate the sacred rock. The rock had been mounted on a pedestal at the request of Major James McLaughlin, the agent at the time. Sitting Bull stated that only the purest man […]

  • Women’s Suffrage

    Wyoming Territory passed the first women’s suffrage law on this date in 1869, granting women equal voting rights. Although this led to a dramatic and hopeful response in the more populated areas of the country, Dakota Territory, organized eight years earlier, was slower to champion the cause of women’s suffrage. Sparse settlement and long distances […]

  • Grand Forks Sleigh Ride

    With only a few weeks remaining until Old St. Nickolas comes down the chimney with his bag of toys, the sights and sounds of Christmas fill the air. Christmas carols often remind us of “Christmases long, long ago.” On this date in 1950, L. K. VanAlstine of Grand Forks and Theresa Thoreson of East Grand […]

  • Minot’s Japanese-Americans in World War II

    The Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941, plunged the U.S. into World War II. Congress declared war on Japan the following day, December 8th. On that same day, the Japanese-American residents of Minot placed an advertisement in the Minot Daily News to tell of their loyalty to the U.S., entitling it: […]

  • Gerald Nye, America Firster

    Most people are aware that today marks the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but few North Dakotans likely recall the epic political blunder that Senator Gerald Nye also made on that day. North Dakota Senator Gerald Nye was born in Hortonville, Wisconsin, in 1892. He worked for several newspapers in Wisconsin […]

  • UFO Sighting

    The Saturday Evening Post has long been more than a magazine; with us for nearly 300 years, the magazine has become an institution, a household name. It came into being before the United States. Published first in 1728 by Benjamin Franklin as the Pennsylvania Gazette, it became The Saturday Evening Post in 1821. When residents […]

  • Sanish

    The little town of Sanish sprang to life in 1916. Like its sister cities of Van Hook and Independence, it provided services to the rural population on the fertile Missouri River plains. But this location and the need for irrigation sealed the fate of the little community. Unlike many towns along the river, it was […]