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  • Land for Sale

    This year, all across America, people are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.  Perhaps Lincoln’s greatest influence on North Dakota was  his signing of the Homestead Act in 1862, which brought thousands of settlers to the state with the promise of free land.  The Railroads and the US Government were also selling land […]

  • Shivaree

    Some cows are born for greater fields.  Such was the fate of a gentle cow belonging to Bob Hinman, of Alexander, North Dakota. The cow was known for her docility, so aside from her regular duties as a milk cow, she became the officiator for local “shivarees,” or mock wedding ceremonies. On this date in […]

  • Pig Lady of Hollywood

    Edith Hughes was a big city, little city girl.  She was born as Edith Wakeman in New York state, but she was raised in Bismarck.  When she was older, in 1930, she took her parents to California, and they made their home in Los Angeles.  Until 1941, she made it her custom to visit her […]

  • Spuds’ Day of Firsts

    It was a day of firsts in Fargo’s sister city of Moorhead, Minnesota.  As reported on this date in 1928,  Moorhead High had won its first major sports title by taking the 16th Annual Minnesota high school basketball championship.  They beat a Minneapolis team, the Edison Inventors, before a record-breaking crowd of 7,200 spectators in […]

  • Van Camp’s Pork and Beans

    The following is a print ad for Van Camp’s Pork and Beans found in the March 25, 1908, issue of the Fargo Forum.  It’s a “comparison” ad, comparing YOUR WAY,  (as in your home kitchen), and OUR WAY, (as in our modern Van Camp’s factory).  Listen closely.  You’ll enjoy the comparisons! “Your way:  You bake […]

  • Mary Robison

    The melting pot that is America has welcomed many settlers over the centuries.  Each individual bore with them some small impact, some talent or knowledge or even personality that affected the fabric of today. One such woman, Mary Robison, came to the United States when she was in her late teens.  She was married, but […]

  • Dr. Charest

    Delivery of health care services has always been a challenge in North Dakota.  Keeping small town hospitals and clinics open, along with attracting and retaining health care professionals like doctors and nurses are ongoing concerns.  Well, according to his paid advertisement in the March 23rd , 1907 edition of the Dickinson Press, Fargo-based Dr. Charest […]

  • Country Living

    There’s a lot of beauty living out in the country, but that life has its troubles, too.  George Dockter found that out in the winter of 1946. George lived in the country about 18 miles north of McClusky.  The winter had been bad, and the snow was so deep that the postman wasn’t able to […]

  • Oscar Peterson, DSC

    Oscar W. Peterson was a boiler-maker in Jamestown before he joined the Army in 1917. On this date in 1918, he was promoted from corporal to sergeant, and two months later he was shipped overseas, where he served in France during WWI. Peterson was attached to Company A, 59th Infantry, which was engaged in an […]

  • The War in Iraq/ND Guard Casualties

    The War in Iraq began on March 20th, 2003. (President Bush audio from MS NBC)  “On my orders coalition forces have begun striking selective targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein’s ability to wage war.  These are opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign.” (Dan Rather audio from CBS Evening […]

  • The Marmarth Mummified Dinosaur

    It’s not often that Marmarth, North Dakota makes national news.  For years the tiny town of 140 has sat comfortably in its anonymity; just one of many small towns in North Dakota.  But that was all before it became the site of one of the rarest and most important dinosaur finds in a generation. In […]

  • North Dakota’s Former Governors’ Mansion

    For sixty-seven years, the North Dakota Governors’ Mansion served as home to twenty-three state executives.  Originally constructed in Bismarck in 1884 by a local businessman to serve as his family residence, the state purchased the home nine years later when it became apparent funds approved to construct a new governors’ house were insufficient. Although a […]

  • George Pinney and the Capital

    It was a warm, sunny morning on this date in 1862; not a cloud in sight.  But inside the legislative buildings, a storm was brewing. The recently elected First Legislative Assembly for the Territory of Dakota convened at Yankton, the temporary territorial capital.  Among the thirteen members of the House of Representatives sat George M. […]

  • Anna Held

    Anna Held, born Helene Anna Held in Poland in 1872, was a popular name in Hollywood gossip in the early 1900s.  She was a star of great consequence, a woman of her own whims.  It was said that she had some talent, but it was her figure and her persona-magnified by her common-law, showman husband, […]

  • Welfare in North Dakota

    Thirteen million people unemployed; 5,000 failed banks; industrial production down 45%; home-building down 80%.  When?  Between 1929 and 1932.  It was the beginning of the Great Depression, which lasted roughly ten years. North Dakota was not spared.  On this date in 1938, the director of the state Welfare Board reported more than one in three […]

  • Reagan Speech

    On this date in 1983, President Ronald Reagan spoke before members of the federal law enforcement agencies at a memorial service in Washington, D.C. to remember agents who had fallen in the line of duty over the past year.  Among the thirteen remembered on that cold March day were U.S. Marshal Kenneth Muir and Deputy […]

  • Basketball

    Two things people in North Dakota can count on this time of the year: blizzards and high school basketball tournaments.   Almost anyone who’s traveled to a March tournament has a storm story to go along with it.  The 2009 Girls Class B tournament is in the books. The Class A boys and girls are playing […]

  • Alexander Henry

    Pembina is the Chippewa word for highbush cranberry, whose berries lend their flaming color to the woods in autumn.  It is also the name of North Dakota’s most northeastern town.  Pembina is also considered the site of the first trading post in what is now North Dakota, built by Alexander Henry, the younger, for the […]

  • Lawrence Welk’s Parents

    There’s no mistaking the familiar opening notes of the Lawrence Welk television show theme song.  This world famous musician, band leader and showman was born on this date, March 11, 1903, near Strasburg, North Dakota.  Much has been written about Lawrence himself … but what about his parents?  There wouldn’t have been a Lawrence had […]

  • Breach of Promise Suit

    Spring is the season of love, and that can mean all kinds of trouble.   This was true for Mrs. Sybil Kleity from North Dakota, who found love in a most unexpected place, public transportation. Mrs. Kleity was a beautician who moved from Minot to Fargo in 1936 after leaving her husband, Raymond Kleity of Minot.  […]