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  • Robinson’s History

    The great North Dakota historian, Elwyn B. Robinson, wrote to his mother on this date in 1958, telling her about a recent paper he gave at a convocation to celebrate the 75th aAnniversary of the founding of the University of North Dakota. The paper, titled “The Themes of North Dakota History,” went on to form […]

  • State Library

    The North Dakota Governor’s Conference on Library and Information Services began on this day in 1990. The conference was held to prepare for the national White House conference on Library and Information Services the following year, and was held to address the key concerns of literacy, equal access, productivity through marketing, and preservation and access […]

  • Roasting on an Open Fire

    On this date in 1965, a program promoting Christmas, put on by the merchants of Minot, received more news coverage than expected when a young man set the 40-foot community Christmas tree on fire. A cabdriver spotted the fire, early in the morning, and alerted authorities. The tree was saved, though scorched, and the next […]

  • Joan Hecker

    Joan Hecker, Miss Rodeo North Dakota, represented the state at the Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas on this day in 1962. Hecker, of Belfield, had won not only the Miss Rodeo pageant that year, but also the state barrel racing championship. She and her horse, “Speedy,” were not newcomers to the North Dakota […]

  • Thanksgiving Proclamation

    Today, people across the state and nation will remember, celebrate and share their bountiful blessings with family and friends. It’s a day North Dakotans have officially celebrated for nearly 150 years. Although Thanksgiving’s origins date back to the 17th century Plymouth colony, the modern concept of the holiday was born out the Civil War. After […]

  • Lieutenant Harrington

    The marriage of Lieutenant Henry Harrington and Grace Bernard was reported on this day in 1872. The Lieutenant and his wife would eventually become known to North Dakotans for very different reasons; Harrington would become one of the sad casualties of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and his wife’s actions afterward would serve […]

  • Dakota National Forest

    Traditionally, stories involving both North Dakota and forests result in a bad joke, usually ending with a punch-line about the state’s only trees being telephone poles. While the jokes are made in good fun, they contain a grain of truth. After all, the state is the least forested in the country, with trees covering only […]

  • The Ten Commandments

    William C. Palmer’s life was steeped in agriculture. He came from a farming family in Wisconsin, where he was born and raised. For a few years in the midst of his college career, he was in charge of the sub-station of the Minnesota Agricultural College and Experiment Station at Lynd, Minnesota. When he graduated in […]

  • N.P. Prairie Railway

    The Northern Pacific opened rail lines between Edgeley and Streeter, North Dakota, on this day in 1905. The Northern Pacific already extended between Minneapolis and Seattle, but several branches of the line continued to be built into the rural areas of the state into the 1970s. Chartered by Congress in 1864, the company had undergone […]

  • Gilbert A. Pierce

    Gilbert A. Pierce began his first term as a United States Senator representing the newly admitted state of North Dakota on this day in 1889. The Republican Senator had served as Governor of Dakota Territory from 1884 to 1886 before his appointment as Senator. He was born in East Otto, New York on January 11, […]

  • Mounting the Mississippi

    The Lewis and Clark expedition began their ascent up the Mississippi River on this day in 1803. The group, under the direction of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, was composed of a ragtag band of military men, interpreters, traders, and boatmen. Although Lewis had originally intended to recruit fifteen men for the expedition, it was […]

  • Buffalo Blaze

    A terrible fire was reported from the town of Buffalo, North Dakota, on this date in 1900. The fire swept through the city’s business district, destroying every business save one. Like many early towns of the time, the majority of Buffalo’s businesses were concentrated onto a single block in the town’s center. Although this proved […]

  • Oak Lawn Church

    In the study of North Dakota’s history, we are often confronted by the deeds and actions of the ‘great men’ of the state’s past; the grit of Theodore Roosevelt, the headstrong courage of George Armstrong Custer, the acrimonious governorships of William Langer or the fatalistic determination of Sitting Bull. Certainly, North Dakota history would have […]

  • Runaway Boxcar

    A Bismarck man endured a frightening ride on this day in 1908. Percy Simpson, a Soo line employee, was working on the roof of the boxcar near Wilton, North Dakota, when the incident occurred. Simpson, a brakeman, had been sent to the top of the car to repair a bent brake shaft. While Simpson worked […]

  • Ole Thortwick

    Ole G. Thortwick, lauded as the first settler in the Red River Valley, passed away on this date in 1908. Thortwick traveled to the area from his home in Houston County, Minnesota. As the first homesteaders to stake a claim in the valley, he and his wife did so in hopes of farming the valley’s […]

  • Choose Your Own

    A young man from Golden Valley was driving around when he saw a giant eagle attacking a jack rabbit. He stopped to see what would happen, but when the rabbit ran under his car, the eagle began to attack him! It tore off the top of the car and attempted to carry him off, but […]

  • Prize Pumpkin

    The Territory of Dakota announced its contribution to the New Orleans Exposition on this day in 1884. Territorial officials announced that the state would send a prize pumpkin, weighing 185 pounds, to the city. The 1885 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition was to highlight commercial enterprise throughout the world. North Dakota’s pumpkin represented the […]

  • Ridiculous Retraction

    A retraction issued by Deputy United States Marshal A. B. Wood was sent to the Associated Press and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs at the United States Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. on this date in 1910. The retraction, although a serious matter, was the result of a practical joke gone awry. It […]

  • Takako Konishi Urban Myth

    It was this week, in 2001, a Japanese woman was discovered dead after a mysterious cross-state sojourn that many believed was her search for the lost treasure depicted in the Coen brothers’ movie, FARGO. Takako Konishi was first noticed by a trucker who spotted the petite 28 year-old wandering near a landfill on the outskirts […]

  • Veterans Day

    Today is Veterans Day, a day to honor the many soldiers who have fought for us and our country throughout our history. On this date in 1932, local veterans from both the Spanish-American War and World War I were honored at an “Armistice Day Dinner” in Bismarck. Later in the month, Bismarck’s Spanish-American vets also […]