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  • Arrowood Dam

    On this date in 1931, bids were taken for building the Arrowood Dam in Stutsman County. Carl Liberg, of Jamestown, received the contract at a price of $2,327. He and his team of five men began almost immediately to clear and excavate for the dam. Soon, various old tales of a buried treasure in that […]

  • Jamestown

    Today, we recognize Jamestown as the home of the buffalo. The city is marked with the world’s largest buffalo statue, recently named Dakota Thunder, by the two resident white buffalos, and by the National Buffalo Museum. But the city of Jamestown has more history than the cultural significance of bison. Originally a Northern Pacific railroad […]

  • Champion Potato Picker

    On this date in 1940, potatoes were on the menu-or at least, the agenda-for competitors in a National Potato Picking Contest in Barnesville, Minnesota. The contest started in 1938 and is ongoing even today, as part of Barnesville’s Potato Days celebration. Today, they start the contest at 10:00 on a Saturday morning at the sound […]

  • First Million Dollar Project

    It was this date in 1881 that the Northern Pacific Railroad began major operations on the first million dollar project in North Dakota history. And that was when a million dollars could actually buy you something. Throughout much of the 1870s and 1880s, the Northern Pacific worked doggedly to join the Great Lakes seaports with […]

  • Fort Lincoln Internment Camp: Ernst Pohlig

    Yesterday we brought you the story of Toyojiro Suzuki, a Japanese American interned at Fort Lincoln during WWII. At its peak population, Fort Lincoln housed 1200 Japanese and 500 German detainees. Today we bring you Ernst Pohlig’s story from the German side of camp. Technically he was a “detainee” until the US declared war on […]

  • Fort Lincoln Internment Camp: Toyojiro Suzuki

    December 7 will be forever etched into the American story as the day that will live in infamy. While it was a tragic day, for many Japanese Americans, another tragedy was yet to come. Toyojiro Suzuki was on a fishing boat in 1941 when he heard the news; the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor. With […]

  • Grasshopper Crusher

    Modern insecticides have stopped grasshoppers from being the nightmare they used to be, but many can remember the days when each step into a field sent hundreds of grasshoppers catapulting into the air. In the 1880s, enterprising farmer living near Hope came up with way to deal with his hoppers. The Steele County Centennial book […]

  • American Legion Baseball

    American Legion Baseball, which got its start in South Dakota in 1925, was the first program to provide a national baseball tournament for teenagers. In 1962, Bismarck hosted the program’s “Little World Series.” Everyone got into the spirit of the program, with Governor Guy designating it “North Dakota American Legion Baseball Week,” and Mayor Lips […]

  • Farming Devils Lake

    Most people in North Dakota are aware of the problems associated with Devils Lake. A rising water level has submerged thousands of acres of crop land, surrounded towns and farms and left the road system in shambles. Attempts to drain the massive lake has been met with stiff resistance from downstream concerns along the Sheyenne […]

  • Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Arctic Explorer

    A legendary Arctic explorer died on this date in 1962. He was Vilhjalmur Stefansson, born in 1879 to Icelandic immigrants in Manitoba. When he was two, the family moved to the Icelandic community of Mountain, in northeastern North Dakota, where Vilhjalmur remainder of his younger years. Stefansson is said to have been a rugged boy […]

  • Buffalo Bill Comes to Town, part 2

    On this date in 1910, Buffalo Bill Cody, on a farewell tour, bought his “Wild West” show to North Dakota. The Fargo audience saw attractions such as the World’s Smallest Cowboy, The King of Cowboys, and the Rough Rider Congress of the World, which brought together the world’s finest cavalrymen in an exhibition of their […]

  • Buffalo Bill Comes to Town

    For three decades, William F. Cody, better known as “Buffalo Bill,” entertained throngs of spectators with his world famous show, “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.” And on this date in 1910, as part of his farewell tour, Cody was preparing for his final appearance in North Dakota. Cody was born in Scott County, Iowa in 1846, […]

  • Missouri River Development

    Efforts to develop the Missouri River seriously began with a proposal to divert water to Devils Lake. This effort was strongly encouraged with various meetings and conferences beginning in 1926, but it was not until the downstream states could be convinced to join the effort that there could be any serious work done. As clouds […]

  • John F. Paul Gross

    We don’t live in a static world; and developments come faster and faster every day. Take one man, John F. Paul Gross. Born in the 1860s in Germany, he was once a printer in Fargo. In about 1905, Gross left Fargo and moved his family across the state by covered wagon — the prairie schooner […]

  • Spaghetti Safari

    On this date in 1969, it was reported that 18 female editors from such publications as Good Housekeeping and the Chicago Daily News took part in a spaghetti safari. There was no hunting of wild game or shooting at all; in fact, there weren’t even any meatballs. But there was a lot of spaghetti. Or […]

  • Twister

    A 1911 postcard carried this message, “This is how the storm looked [as it] passed over Antler … wrecked a barn and killed one man 1 ½ miles from where I am working. Am doing quite well…Anton.” On the front of the postcard is a picture of the tornado that hit Antler and the surrounding […]

  • Knife River Flint

    During the harvest season, as we watch combines working in the golden fields or trucks driving the dusty highways laden with wheat, barley or sugarbeets, we are reminded of North Dakota’s strong agricultural industry. Indeed, in the minds of many, agriculture is perhaps synonymous with the state. Yet, however important the role of agricultural exports […]

  • Maple Creek Crossing State Historic Site

    While North Dakota is known for its beautiful, yet often dry prairies, the eastern edge of the state is bordered by a series of rivers. For early settlers of the Dakotas, these bodies of water proved to be a significant obstacle for travel, and bridges were simply unavailable. As a result, fords, shallow stretches in […]

  • Zimmerman, Gunn, Dylan

    North Dakota has produced some highly acclaimed musicians over the years. Among them was a Fargo singer named Robert Velline, better known as teen idol Bobby Vee. Velline and his band, The Shadows, got their big break in February 1959, when they filled in for Buddy Holly the night Holly and others lost their lives […]

  • WWII Pilot Rescued

    First Lieutenant Harold Herr lay in his dingy, sunburnt, blistered, thirsty, and hungry. A film had developed over his eyes and he could only make out the outline of objects nearby. He had run out of water about four days ago. His one piece of protection from the Mediterranean sun was a piece of silk […]