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  • 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 […]

  • GT Schjeldahl, Space Pioneer

    Gilmore T. Schjeldahl was one of the great creative minds of our times. He was born June 1st, 1912, and grew up in Esmond, Mott and, finally, in his mother’s hometown of Northwood. As a child, he enjoyed learning how things worked in blacksmith shops, farm implement stores, and power plants. He built his family’s […]

  • Governor William Langer

    Governor William Langer was no stranger to controversy. The crafty lawyer from Casselton not only dominated the most rancorous era of state politics, but was perhaps the most ostentatious firebrand of them all. While loved by farmers for his staunch defense of their rights and incomes, Langer’s appeal was far from universal. To his opponents, […]

  • Sub Surface Packer

    When settlers began to make their way to the Great Plains and other semi-arid areas, they faced many issues, but especially for the vast array of farmers, the often dry climate was a major one. As more and more land was settled, people experimented with methods to make farming easier and more productive in dry […]

  • Hearse Last Ride

    In its prime, the first hearse belonging to the city of Hebron was somber and stately. It was decorated with carvings and draperies and tassels, and was pulled by two black horses, covered in huge black tapestries. For forty years, the hearse served its purpose, carrying the mortal remains of beloved family and friends to […]

  • Bum Steer

    It occasionally happens that animals wander off their farms. Usually, the lost animals have merely slipped out and are roaming the countryside. However, on this date in 1919, the young, stray steer of Henry Fisher of Dickinson, was found, not on the pastoral fields surrounding the city, but trapped in an old granary. The steer […]