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  • Skunk Prank

    Skunks are not native to Norway, therefore many settlers to North Dakota had never seen nor heard of one, and most significantly, had never smelled one. A popular joke was to invite a newcomer to chase one, letting them discover later this animal’s particular charm. Through correspondence in Norway with relatives already in North Dakota, [...]

  • Gustav I. Gulliksen, Painter

    In Skien, Norway, in 1855 artist Gustav I. Gulliksen was born. Delighting int the folklore of his native land, many of his paintings were inspired by the fairy tales Hans Christian Anderson and Absbjornsen and Moe. When Gulliksen immigrated in 1903, he brought this imaginative tradition with him to the United States. Gullikson worked as [...]

  • Accordion Virtuoso

    What do Abe Lincoln, “Wierd Al” Yankovic and John Lennon have in common? They all played the accordion. Among the great men who played the accordion, one North Dakota man did it exceptionally well. Carl Mathisen, dubbed Norway’s first accordion player king, was born this day in 1870. The accordion became popular in the late [...]

  • SS Andania

    September marks the anniversary of two journeys made by a Norwegian immigrant to the US. Although different, both are united by danger and hardship. Emigration was and is a bold choice. For many it meant giving up home, family, and every sense of familiarity for an alien and often isolating land. In 1825 the “Restauration”set [...]

  • Norway’s Independence

    From statehood Norwegian immigrants made up a high percentage of North Dakota’s population; and a strong Norwegian-American voice could be heard across the state. Never was this more apparent than in 1905, when after 600 years Norway became an independent nation. Since 1814 Norway and Sweden had been united under one king. Norway retained a [...]

  • Astrid Fjelde, Singer

    “Remember this, with a good will you can accomplish anything you wish to do–anything that is good.” These words were spoken by Margaret Fjelde to her chidlren in their childhood on their North Dakota farm. The Fjelde, children, Paul, Margaret, Katherine, and Astrid; must have taken these words to heart, for they all became accomplished [...]

  • Ole A. Olson, artist

    The name ‘Ole’ may bring to mind the fictional character who champions many a Norwegian joke. However, one North Dakotan named Ole A. Olson was not fictional, although his celebrated wood-carvings certainly had character. Olson was born in Drammen Norway, in 1882. As an infant he came to the U.S. with his family who settled [...]

  • Fort Dilts

    Two years after the 1862 discovery of gold in Montana, Captain James Fisk, US Quartermaster Corps, organized a wagon train to Montana following a newly-proposed short-cut west from Fort Rice, Dakota Territory. On September 2, 180 miles west of Fort Rice, the party was attacked by Hunkpapa warriors, resulting in nine deaths. Continuing forward with [...]

  • Governorship of Ole Olson

    Ole H. Olson, North Dakota’s eighteenth governor, was born in Wisconsin on this date, September 19, 1872. Following graduation from Concordia College, Olson moved to North Dakota where he established a homestead in Eddy County. He began his political career in the North Dakota State House of Representatives in 1916, moving to the North Dakota [...]

  • Homecoming ’99 part 2

    If you were listening on September 16, you heard of the return of the First North Dakota infantry from the Philippine Insurrection in 1899. The boys arrived in San Francisco at the end of August, but they had a long time to wait before they could begin to come home. They were still exploring the [...]

  • Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851

    In 1843, one thousand pioneers with more than a hundred wagons and 5,000 cattle set out from Independence, Missouri headed west along the Oregon Trail. This Great Migration signaled the start of an annual event, with thousands more making the trek each year. The discovery of gold in California a few years later did little [...]

  • Homecoming ‘99

    No matter how humble, there’s no place like home. Seeing a familiar face or even just going where “everybody knows your name”—it can be a blessing, for the world-weary traveler. At the tail end of August in 1899, the Bismarck Daily Tribune proudly announced the return of North Dakota’s celebrities: 516 men of the First [...]

  • Worth a Thousand

    L. W. Naegle was a well-known photographer in the Bismarck area for a long time. He owned and operated the Naegle-Campbell Studio here with his wife, Violet Campbell, for 40 years before he retired in 1972. He died four years later. Naegle was had been instrumental in the formation of a Board of Photographic Examiners [...]

  • Memorial Bridge

    What is over the River Kwai, falling down in London, and golden in San Francisco? Bridges. In 1922, Bismarck’s Liberty Memorial Bridge was a new way to cross the Missouri. Instead of crossing by boat or train, or in winter, on ice, cars could now cross the river freely. On this day the Bismarck Tribune [...]

  • Newspaper Fiction

    Long before there was Datebook, small town newspapers were the source of interesting information for North Dakota events. However, slow news days could create interesting but highly suspicious news, The Starkweather Times reported on this day in 1907 that a farmer west of town wanted to remove a rock, so he fetched a stick of [...]

  • License Plates

    From the onset of the horseless carriage, North Dakotans have had a love affair with the automobile. The railroads set their stations about 7 and a half miles apart — that was a convenient travel distance with horse drawn vehicles that traveled 3 or 4 miles per hour. But at thirty miles per hour cars [...]

  • Emmons County Schoolhouse

    The role that education placed in the new territory of Dakota was evident from the beginning when the Organic Act of 1861 stated that Sections 16 and 36 were reserved for “the purpose of being applied to schools”. Although homesteading was not allowed here, there is a common misconception that the schools were located on [...]

  • Orlando Scott Goff

    Bouncing across the rutted trails in a four-wheeled rig drawn by a spotted pony, photographer Orlando Scott Goff traveled up and down the Missouri River recording Native American and frontier army scenes. His camera would capture some of the most poignant and important images of the American West. Goff was born on this day in [...]

  • Minot’s Minuteman I Missiles

    During the early years of the Cold War a push for improved technology was driven by a desire to surpass Soviet missile technology; to overcome what seemed to be a growing “missile gap.” The Soviet launching of Sputnik, the world’s first satellite, in October of 1957 intensified that push. To stunned Americans, Sputnik seemed a [...]

  • Lincoln Bust

    In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Syttende Mai in 1914 a number of Norwegian-Americans living in North Dakota marked the occasion by presenting a gift to their Norwegian brethren still living in the old country. Inspired by a similar work of art at Gettysburg, the group decided to commission a bust of Abraham Lincoln, [...]