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  • Clarence Putnam

    You’re standing on stage with a microphone resting comfortably in hand as the crowd screams for an encore. It’s a dream nearly every teenager has envisioned at least once in life; making it big in the music world.  You’re certain you have what it takes to be the next rock star, country music singer or […]

  • Beatrice Agard

    In Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, “Love in the Time of Cholera,” Florentino Ariza waits fifty-one years, nine months, and four days to profess his “vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting love” to his beloved Fermina Daza. Everlasting adoration is often the material for writers and poets, but for Bea Agard from Larimore, North Dakota, receiving […]

  • Ferry

    Progress, it seems, is all about direction.  Oliver Wendell Holmes stated, “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” When North Dakota was relatively young, many traveled in a westerly direction for land, opportunity, and a different life.  Later, as more and more […]

  • Wynn and the Non-Swearing Knights

    It was on this date in 1940 that railroad conductor Robert C. Wynn would take his last train ride to his final resting place. Born in Ohio in 1855, Wynn came to North Dakota in 1900 from Indiana while employed with the Great Northern Railroad. He worked on the Granville-Sherwood line until his retirement in […]

  • Goose Bone Club

    The opening of the goose hunting season today seems to indicate the coming of spring to North Dakota, but everyone wonders when that will happen. Since 1886, in Pennsylvania, they have relied on the shadow of a groundhog to predict spring’s arrival, but on this date in 1888, a group of Devils Lake men organized […]

  • Sibley, ND

    Henry Hastings Sibley, born on this date in 1811, left his mark on the Northern Plains.  After serving as Minnesota’s first governor, he participated in the US-Dakota Conflict of 1862 and led the punitive expedition against the Dakota the following year. Since his death in 1891, Sibley has been memorialized in sites across the Northern […]

  • The Wheat King

    A 1928 Time magazine article dubbed Thomas Campbell the “Henry Ford of farming.”  It was a fitting tribute to the internationally renowned “Wheat King,” born in Dakota Territory on this date in 1882. Raised on a Grand Forks wheat farm, Thomas Campbell earned a reputation as a mechanic who could fix anything.  By the age […]

  • Honored Guests

    In 1959, Granville, North Dakota, became grounds for celebration.  The residents said it was “Roble recognition night,” and the Robles, Fred and Amanda, were the guests of honor. Before coming to Granville, Fred and Amanda lived in several places, including Devils Lake and locations in Minnesota. As partners in a printing business, the two had […]

  • Heinous Crime

    One of the state’s most heinous crimes took place in Emmons County on this date in 1897. In 1959, William Fischer, editor of the Emmons County Record, explained: “When North Dakota became a state, its constitution outlawed the saloon, but many saloon operators continued their ‘underground’ operation – and their places of business were known […]

  • Contractor and Electrical Union

    In 1932 the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, #714 was established in North Dakota. Other unions had existed in the state for many years, even a Horseshoer’s Union, but efforts to unionize the building trades had met with limited success. In the 1930s, the construction of public buildings during the Depression, and also the rapid […]

  • Valentine’s Day

    On this date in 1939, a bit of the red, white and pink holiday spirit lingered as the paper reported on a special Valentine’s Day break the North Dakota House of Representatives took to celebrate the women in that parliament. The men sent baskets of “gay spring cut flowers” to Miss Brynhild Haugland and Mrs. […]

  • Lincoln, North Dakota

    After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, his name became popular for counties, towns, schools and streets.  Perhaps too popular.  Over the course of the 20th century, several towns in North Dakota have claimed the President’s name. Morton’s county seat claimed the first Lincoln name in northern Dakota in 1878.  But within months, officials changed the […]

  • Lincoln’s Address

    If you tune in regularly to Dakota Datebook, you’ve likely heard of Smith Stimmel.  Starting his career as a personal bodyguard to President Abraham Lincoln, he later moved to Fargo where he practiced law and served as president of the Dakota Territorial Council. Smith Stimmel lived out the remainder of his life in North Dakota, […]

  • Lincoln’s Birthday

    Dr. William Jayne owed much of his political success to President Abraham Lincoln. Jayne was certainly well-connected with the ambitious lawyer.  William was Abraham’s personal physician and long-time political supporter.  His sister, Julia, was a close friend of Mary Todd; she even stood as a bridesmaid in the Todd-Lincoln wedding.  After winning the presidency, Lincoln […]

  • Jean Baptiste Charbonneau

    “About five o’clock this evening one of the wives of Charbonneau was delivered of a fine boy.  It is worthy of remark that this was the first child which this woman had boarn and is common in such cases, her labour was tedious.” This simple journal entry made by Meriwether Lewis at Fort Mandan on […]

  • Gravity

    Gravity does not often cause worry or apprehension. It reliably will be a part of the daily walk to our frozen vehicles, which in turn will remain on the ground until our various destinations are met. Yet, the apple hit Newton’s head, and gravity was born within the minds of men.   It is an integral, […]

  • Bjug Harstad and the Lutheran Academy

    While he may not be often remembered today, Bjug (Bee-you-g) Harstad was one of North Dakota’s most prolific church and school planters of the 19th century.  Born in Setesdal, Norway in December of 1848, Harstad moved with his family to Seneca, Illinois in 1861.  From an early age Harstad felt a deep calling to bring […]

  • Jacob Allmaras, KIA/MIA

    In April of 1951, North Dakota newspapers reported Corporal Edward Lovejoy, of Williston, had been killed in action in Korea, and Sergeant First Class Willas Teske, of Hazen, had been seriously wounded. A third man, Private First Class Jacob Allmaras, of New Rockford, had also been wounded in action.  Allmaras was a rifleman in Company […]

  • The Natural Gas Problem

    “North Dakota oil fever” was growing in 1939, with three new oil rigs slated to be built in Morton and Slope Counties that summer. One New York prospector warned a reporter, however, that major oil companies might shy away from extensive drilling in North Dakota.  The problem?  How to dispose of any natural gas they […]

  • North Dakota Storm

    OK—stop me if you’ve heard this one: When it’s 60 above zero:  Floridians turn on the heat. North Dakotans plant gardens. 50 above:  Californians shiver uncontrollably. People are sunbathing in North Dakota. 40 above:  Imported cars won’t start. People in North Dakota drive with the sunroof open. 32 above:  Distilled water freezes. The water in […]