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  • Cy Taillon

    One of the greatest rodeo announcers of all time was born on this date in 1907 near Cavalier, North Dakota. The youngest of 10 children, James Cyrille Taillon grew up helping with farm work and enjoying card games, horse-drawn skiing, baseball and music. Soon nicknamed “Cy,” he was a violinist at age six and also […]

  • Interstate 94 part 2

    If you were listening yesterday, you heard about the stretch of I-94 between Valley City and Jamestown being opened for through traffic for the first time in 1958. Serving as a small preview of what would come, the opening of the highway was a big event. The new road was costly, but would be safer, […]

  • Interstate 94

    On this date in 1958, the stretch of Interstate 94 between Valley City and Jamestown was dedicated and opened for business at an interchange south of Eckelson. The section of highway stretched for 39 miles and was at the time the largest single piece completed as a unit on the 41,000-mile interstate system. Governor Davis […]

  • Red Peasant International

    While buoyed by the fall of Czarist Russia, the international Communist Party faced stiff resistance from Western democracies by the early 1920s. Combined with the failure of revolutions in Poland, Hungary and Germany, party officials realized they needed a more subtle method to spread their ideology. Instead of directly fighting the capitalist structure, communist organizations […]

  • Learning

    Students in North Dakota have, throughout decades past, been subject to the changing of seasons in an agricultural state. Different farm-related chores sometimes took precedent over the classroom. You, dear listener, may have a parent or grandparent who was finished with school by the time they were twelve or fourteen. And it didn’t just happen […]

  • Elwyn Robinson, Historian

    Today is the birthday of historian Elwyn Robinson; many Dakota Datebook segments have been helped along because of his exceptional research. Robinson was the son of a photographer and was born near Cleveland, Ohio, in 1905. Elwyn displayed many interests as a child, including tennis, handball, marksmanship, football and the game of chess. He graduated […]

  • Gol Stave Church Museum

    First-time visitors to Minot, North Dakota are often surprised to find a Norwegian Stave Church in the town’s center. The large wooden church, located in the Scandinavian Heritage Park, is a full-scale replica of the 750-year-old Gol Stave Church currently located in the Bygdøy Folk Museum near Oslo, Norway. During the Christianization period of Scandinavia, […]

  • Kodak from Nodak

    On October 11, 1881, a homesteader living in Hunter, North Dakota, took out a patent for camera film that would forever change the world of photography. The inventor, David Henderson Houston, was to become a major player in the Kodak empire. Houston, the son of a tenant farmer, was born on June 14th, 1841 in […]

  • Cowboy Cookin

    Trail bosses knew the better the cook, the better the men he could hire, because one of the few pleasures in a cowpoke’s day was eating. Preferred cuisine included beans, Sourdough Biscuits, Red Bean Pie and Vinegar Pie. Here’s the recipe for another delicacy, Sonofabitch Stew: Kill off a young steer. Cut up about a […]

  • Inventor

    Albert Hoiland was a North Dakotan inventor from the early 1900s. Throughout his life, he invented many contraptions, including a wild oat separator, a cow trainer, a “flying machine” (a helicopter), highway guards, and furnace grates – and he left a great legacy of helpful tools. On this date in 1954, the Fargo Forum reported […]

  • Dakota Territory Governor Jayne

    Today, in 1920, lightning killed the cow that Amidon farmer, Thorvald Olstad, was milking, but he escaped without injury. And in Embden, lightning struck and killed three horses hitched to a plow just moments after the driver walked away on an errand. Today also marks the birthday of the first governor of Dakota Territory, William […]

  • Homesteading Near Fort Abercrombie

    Andrew Paulson met Hanna Broken in western Wisconsin, where they were married in 1869. Both were Norwegian immigrants, and for a time, Andrew supported Hanna as a logger. Three years later, however, they had lost everything in a bad business deal. In 1871, Andrew left Hanna in Chippewa Falls and headed west to Fort Abercrombie […]

  • Fritz Scholder

    Today is the birthday of Fritz Scholder, one of most highly regarded artists of the 20th century. Although he’s categorized as a Native American painter, Scholder never saw it that way. “Who still thinks about how much Indian blood someone has?” he once stated. “Well, I never thought about it, because I grew up in […]

  • A Pair of Shoes

    The Civil War in America was one of the last major conflicts that used the European form of battle with frontal assaults in formation, sometimes against an entrenched enemy. Advancements in weaponry created higher casualty rates and made this tactic less effective. The round musket ball, fired from a smooth bore rifle had an effective […]

  • Bicycles and Bloomers

    In 1895, the New York Tribune reported the bicycle was “of more importance to mankind than all the victories and defeats of Napoleon, with the First and Second Punic Wars…thrown in.” A hundred years later, the Minnesota Historical Society published an article by Bemidji professor Ron Spreng titled: The 1890s Bicycling Craze in the Red […]

  • Drayton Sugar Beets

    The American Crystal Sugar Company began operating North Dakota’s first refinery – located near Drayton – on this date in 1965. Farmers in the Red River Valley experimented with sugar beets as far back as the 1870s, but without a processing plant nearby, beets proved a poor venture. Valley farmers gave sugar beets another try […]

  • Four Paw Farrington

    Credit for founding the town of Hazen is linked to two different people. Alexander or “Sandy” Roberts squatted on the location in the fall of 1882 and, two years later, he filed for a post office to be named Hazen. The U.S. government granted his request, and the following year, Hazen went on the map– […]

  • Hobos, Trains, and Guns

    At about this time in 1902, railroad workers in the state had been going through a tough time with hobos riding the rails. On September 22nd, the Fargo Forum reported a story under the heading, “Another Brakeman Shot.” The incident had happened the previous Saturday night aboard a Northern Pacific stock train heading east. A […]

  • Angie Dickinson

    Today is the birthday of legendary actress, Angie Dickinson. Her given name was Angeline Brown, but the name for which she is better known came from her first husband, semi-pro football player Gene Dickinson. Angie was born in Kulm, in southeast ND, where her father ran the Kulm Messenger. The family also lived in nearby […]

  • Dr. Stickney

    It was on this date in 1883 that Dr. V.H. Stickney arrived in Dickinson. The newspaper reported he “arrived last Saturday from Ludlow, Vermont and has located here for the practice of medicine… He may be found at Davis and Fowler’s drugstore.” Author Erling Rolfsrud wrote, “Victor Hugo Stickney, M.D. little realized on that (September) […]