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  • Flood of the Century

    It is still referred to as the flood of the century-when the Red River struck in the spring of ’97. Only four years had passed from the destruction from the Great Fargo Fire when on this date in 1897, the crest was rolling northward as the Red River stunned Fargo and Grand Forks. The Red [...]

  • Lee Surrenders

    Dawn had just broken the morning of April 9, 1865. Union forces had finally maneuvered the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia into the place chosen for a final showdown. Leading the Third Cavalry, General George Armstrong Custer stood at the advance, awaiting word to proceed against the Confederate cavalry. General Lee’s army was trapped.   [...]

  • Potter’s Field in the Grand Forks Cemetery

    Along Gateway Drive in Grand Forks lies the city’s cemetery ground with rows of granite and marble gravestones. The most forlorn portion of the burial grounds must be Potter’s Field, where the local government provided graves for poor, elderly and ill people who died without any relatives to pay for their burial. On this date [...]

  • Whippet in Grafton

    In early 1919 the Great War was over in Europe. To the soldier, war is hell; to the poet, war is glory; but to everyone, war is expensive. America’s industrial might, with its vast resources, sent an endless amount of war material overseas, however, this came with a cost. By the end of the war [...]

  • Tracking the Grizzly

    Discovering the tracks of a giant, unknown beast is a staple of monster stories. Fear can be heightened in that situation if one has an imagined notion of the ferocity of the being that left the tracks. So, when Lewis and Clark, who had been told by their Indian friends about the great “white bear” [...]

  • CNN Wraps up Red River Valley Flood Reporting

    CNN was wrapping up coverage of Red River Flooding on this date in 1997. The network reported about the process of post flood clean-up. Public Works manager Dennis Wallaker, who would later become Mayor, said he was “optimistic that the worst was over for North Dakota’s largest city.” Intensive national scrutiny of the swollen Red [...]

  • When Time Stood Still

    Call it “The tax man waiteth” – a late-comers dream made true. Time didn’t exactly stand still a year ago today, but it did slow down the income tax deadline for procrastinators and made for a special North Dakota week. North Dakota Tax Commissioner Cory Fong gave North Dakota taxpayers three extra days to file [...]

  • Vanities

    Earl Carroll, New York theatrical producer, was known for his risqué productions in the 1920s. His shows were lavish with beautiful, often scantily-clad women. His lifestyle reflected some amount of this, and he was in and out of newspapers across the country.   In fact, in 1927, he had been sentenced to a year and [...]

  • Charles McDonald

    Charles McDonald was a well-known figure in North Dakota in the early 1900s. He was born in Faribault, Minnesota, on April 25, 1875, and came west of the Missouri in 1879 with his parents. They were among the first to take up a homestead west of the Missouri river.   As McDonald grew up, it [...]

  • Banning the Public Drinking Cup, 1912

    In 2012, we all take it for granted that we can get a sip of water from a drinking fountain in any public building. Cold, clear water from a sanitary water fountain is a given. One hundred years ago, however, public buildings provided water from pitchers, coolers, faucets, pumps, or fountains. Many places had a [...]

  • The Patent Leather Kid

    The Eltinge Theater in Bismarck was packed with movie stars on this date in 1928. It was the opening day for “The Patent Leather Kid,” a silent film about a New York boxer drafted into World War I and wounded during an act of heroism. The actors in the lead roles didn’t make it, but [...]

  • Fargo Central High School Fire

    On this date in 1966, citizens of Fargo, and especially high school students, were reeling in the aftermath of a fire that had destroyed the high school just 24 hours earlier. Fargo Central was the city’s south side public high school. The three story school of elegant red brick, was 45 years old, built after [...]

  • Look! Up in the Sky

    Carl Ben Eielson’s history-making 1928 flight over the North Pole in his orange Lockheed Vega was reported on this date in North Dakota papers, but another colorful flight made smaller, more hysterical than historical headlines in the state. A broken wheel on a refrigerator car 18 miles west of Jamestown caused the derailment of 15 [...]

  • Clinton, Compassion and Cash

    At the height of the anguish during the flood of 1997 in Grand Forks, hope was offered by the federal government and the chief executive. The Grand Forks Herald’s Ryan Bakken recently captured the moment as he wrote: “When President Clinton first landed in Grand Forks almost 15 years ago, he had a captive audience. [...]

  • Grand Forks Inventor

    An inventor from Grand Forks was celebrating the success of his latest invention on this day in 1916. While tinkering with electrical equipment, R. S. McGuire stumbled upon a method of wireless radio control by accident. Mr. McGuire realized that this method could be employed in a variety of ways, but most notably in the [...]

  • Traffic in Minot

    The development of the automobile affected the economy, society, and the great American Dream—yet that progress came with its own set of problems. Driving was still a new concept to many in 1915, and residents in Minot were regularly breaking street and traffic ordinances. The city commissioners decided to deal with these problems by appointing [...]

  • TR at Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral

    A remarkable photograph was taken this spring date in 1865. That event was mere weeks after the Civil War and just days after the slaying of Abraham Lincoln. Much of the nation’s mood was draped in the pall of mourning for the assassinated president. Lincoln had died 10 days before from wounds inflicted by John [...]

  • School of Law

    The School of Law at the University of North Dakota has a long history. Founded in 1899, it was the first professional school to operate within UND. In 1904, admission standards were actually lowered so students were only required to have two years of high school. By 1909, incoming law students needed a high school [...]

  • Oil

    North Dakota has been in the news frequently as a result of the oil fields, the job opportunities, the state’s current healthy economy in a time of national economic crisis, and all of the resultant behaviors and effects. We’ve seen the good and the bad along with the ebb and flow of oil since it [...]

  • Safety in Street Lights

    North Dakota has long been considered a safer state to live in, with lower crime rates. But on this date in 1937, Bismarck women were concerned over recent attacks by a night prowler.   So, the Women’s Community Council began to make demands for better street lighting. The Bismarck Tribune reported, “For years, the city [...]