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  • Chester Fritz

    Chester Fritz was born in Buxton, in Traill County. He went to elementary school in Fargo and high school in Lidgerwood, where he lived with his aunt and his uncle. Chester was “active in school affairs, outstanding in declamation and debate, [and] a member of the football squad”—in fact, the quarterback. He graduated in 1908 […]

  • Cut of the Cards

    On this date in 1924, a post-election drama occurred in Fessenden. Following that year’s vote, Con Sellie, an Independent, had been elected by a margin of two votes to the North Dakota House of Representatives over William R. Hartl, of the NPL. Because of the close margin, a recount was conducted. This ended in a […]

  • Armistice Day, 1918 Pt. 2

    Yesterday we heard some of the experiences of Major Dana Wright at the end of World War I as he penned a letter from France to his brother in Mott. He told about the last morning of the war as he wrote: “The street beneath my window is filled with a mob of people, mostly […]

  • Armistice Day, 1918

    In 1918, the Great War was nearing an end, and the words of General Pershing echoed in the trenches: “Heaven, Hell or Hoboken by Christmas,” was the phrase, but for many, Christmas would never come. Major Dana Wright, later an historian with the State Historical Society, describes the scene as he neared the battlefield in […]

  • Slaughterhouse Five

    The high school in Drake, North Dakota, garnered national attention on this date in 1973, after the Drake Board of Education ordered the burning of thirty-six copies of Kurt Vonnegut’s controversial novel, Slaughterhouse Five. The story broke only a day before the author’s 51st birthday. A combination of historical events and science-fiction, Slaughterhouse Five tells […]

  • Rebels

    North Dakota is not exactly known for its gang activities. However, in the spring of 1958, a gang was forming within the Mandan school system. Members of the gang called themselves the Deans, after James Dean. They wore black leather jackets with his name emblazoned on the back. In fact, the gang was said to […]

  • Babe Ruth

    Babe Ruth, the premier slugger of the New York Yankees, the “King of Swat,” arrived in North Dakota on this date in 1926 after a “fast ride” by car from Brainerd. Although his feet got cold along the way, the rest of him stayed warm in his “huge raccoon coat.” Standing six-foot-two and weighing 220 […]

  • Dakota Portrait

    On November 2, 1889 North Dakota was admitted to the Union as the 39th State with a brand new slate of elected officials. On this date in 1889, Governor Miller, Secretary of State Flittie, Treasurer Booker, Auditor Bray, Insurance Commissioner Carey and Mr. Mitchell, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, all gathered in the executive office […]

  • Peggy Lee

    Peggy Lee, famed singer with North Dakota roots, wore many hats. She composed music; she sang music; she did a little acting, and she loaned her voice for several characters in the Disney cartoon “Lady and the Tramp.” Privately, she had a household to run. She was married four times and was a mother once. […]

  • Wanderer

    On this date in 1930, Myron Sletten wrote a letter to his mother. In the postscript he added, “I see by the looks of the Tatler that you didn’t keep very quiet as to what I was doing.” The Tatler was his high school newspaper and he didn’t exactly want people to know what he […]

  • The Larimore Family

    The lure of rich farm land brought many homesteaders to Dakota Territory. The long, endless waves of prairie grass were evidence of a good growing season. Among those land-seekers were investors who sought to buy up large tracts of land and establish company farms. These farms would operate from one central location and employ a […]

  • FDR Visit to Grand Forks

    On this date in 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt won a second term as president. The following fall, he became the first president to visit the city of Grand Forks. Today’s story tells of what happened in Grand Forks when FDR came to the city to officially dedicate the new county fair grandstand, a W.P.A. project, […]

  • Newton Edmunds

    Newton Edmunds, the second governor of Dakota Territory, was appointed on this date in 1863. Edmunds took office after the resignation of Governor William Jayne. Born in New York in 1819, Edmunds and his family moved to Michigan while he was still a boy. His family became heavily involved with politics, specifically the Free Soilers. […]

  • Late Tornado

    A series of tornadoes struck North Dakota on this date ten years ago, affecting New Salem, Washburn, Wilton, Underwood, and Bismarck. The tornadoes that hit northern Bismarck caused the most damage, tearing off the roofs of houses and even large parts of residential garages with 90-mile an hour winds. These tornadoes were the latest tornadoes […]

  • Bush Taps Schafer

    President George W. Bush nominated former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer as Secretary of Agriculture on this date in 2007. President Bush said of the nomination, “Ed Schafer is the right choice to fill this post…He was a leader on agricultural issues during his eight years as the governor of North Dakota.” After a quick […]

  • The Cathedral Car of North Dakota

    Meeting the religious needs of Dakota’s far-flung and sparse population in the late 19th century required ingenuity. For Episcopal Bishop William Walker the solution was a “church on wheels.” Constructed out east, the newly-built railway car was on its way to North Dakota on this date in 1890. While traveling around the state, large crowds […]

  • Hunting Bits

    Today, we’re bringing you a variety of stories from around the state in the fall of 1914. Here’s a bit of trivia from a Towner County newspaper: “For every five square miles of plowing you travel 2,500 miles. That’s equal to a single furrow all the way around the earth. Getting enough wheat for a […]

  • Ragnvold Nestos

    North Dakota has the distinction of having had the first governor to ever be recalled, but the person who took away his job in the recall election is little known today. Eighty-two years ago, today, Ragnvold Nestos, an immigrant bachelor from Norway, became the thirteenth governor of North Dakota. Nestos was born in a mountainous […]

  • Indian Legend

    There once was a legend of a young Chippewa boy, the son of a prominent chief, who was captured by the Sioux. Rather than ransom him, the Sioux would place the young lad at the front of a raid on Chippewa bands and rather than risk killing their chief’s son, the Chippewa warriors would withdraw. […]

  • Dry Wahpeton

    Wahpeton was in a tenuous situation in October of 1922. The weather had been dry since June, and fires were rampant throughout the city and surrounding areas, burning barns, a theater, and threatening homes. As a result, the mayor and the fire chief had urged citizens to lessen fire risks in all ways possible, even […]