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  • Maple Creek Crossing State Historic Site

    While North Dakota is known for its beautiful, yet often dry prairies, the eastern edge of the state is bordered by a series of rivers. For early settlers of the Dakotas, these bodies of water proved to be a significant obstacle for travel, and bridges were simply unavailable. As a result, fords, shallow stretches in […]

  • Zimmerman, Gunn, Dylan

    North Dakota has produced some highly acclaimed musicians over the years. Among them was a Fargo singer named Robert Velline, better known as teen idol Bobby Vee. Velline and his band, The Shadows, got their big break in February 1959, when they filled in for Buddy Holly the night Holly and others lost their lives […]

  • WWII Pilot Rescued

    First Lieutenant Harold Herr lay in his dingy, sunburnt, blistered, thirsty, and hungry. A film had developed over his eyes and he could only make out the outline of objects nearby. He had run out of water about four days ago. His one piece of protection from the Mediterranean sun was a piece of silk […]

  • Fort Rice Buffalo Hunt

    Fort Rice was a new, remote, frontier post along the Missouri River in 1865. The one-year-old post was home to the support troops for the Northwest Indian Expedition under command of General Alfred Sully, and aside from the constant threat of Indian attacks, life at the post was pretty routine. So, it was with some […]

  • Ford Rival

    Owning a car has long been part of the American dream, but during the market crashes and failings of the Great Depression, the car market also took a dive. But America was still the land of opportunity, and the Depression was rife with personal ingenuity. Arvid Evenson, the son of one-time mayor of Halliday, ND, […]

  • William Lemke, Prairie Rebel

    Today is the birthday of William Lemke, who was born to German parents in Minnesota in 1878. As one of nine children, Lemke’s boyhood was spent in the Big Coulee area of Towner County. His aggressive father had already acquired 2,700 acres when he died of a stroke when he was outbid on a piece […]

  • ND Studies

    The North Dakota Studies regional website promotes the teaching of North Dakota history and culture by providing educators and students with free educational materials designed for cross-curricular applications. You will find photographs, maps and other primary documents, well-researched and authoritative articles, as well as audio and video clips on the history, culture, and life of […]

  • False Peace Flash

    On this date in 1945, the nation learned that World War II was over. It was at 9:34 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, that a news flash came from the United Press in New York saying that V-J Day had arrived. Carrying a Washington dateline, the flash was first fed into the UP’s southern wire service […]

  • Lake Johnson

    Today, Lake Johnson sees few visitors. Yet, strategically located along the communication and supply lines between US military forts and the immigrant trail to Montana, Lake Johnson was an important watering hole on the plains of Dakota Territory for much of the 19th century. The area around Lake Johnson was first mapped in 1839 by […]

  • Getting A Car

    People who bought automobiles in the early years were in for a bigger experience than they bargained for. Each car came with a set of tools, but if the owner couldn’t figure out how to use them, there was no mechanic to help him out; the closest thing was the town blacksmith. The first cars […]

  • Civil Defense

    Ending WWII, nuclear bombs exploded in mushroom clouds and destroyed thousands of lives at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now, a new threat hovered on the horizon: nuclear war. No longer fighting a common enemy, the US and the Soviet Union began an ideological struggle. Though never combating each other directly, their hostilities played out in proxy […]

  • The Biker Boys

    On this date in 1972, the Devils Lake Journal reported on an international biking adventure by two boys. Wanting to do something different during their summer vacation that would also be “beneficial,” Tom Turkula and Jim Schmitz planned to bike from their hometown of Devils Lake to Winnipeg. After getting parental permission, they were off. […]

  • Inkster Missile

    On this date in 1965, the first Minuteman Missile in North Dakota was installed in its launch facility near Inkster, in the northeastern part of the state. The first Minutemen were kept on alert in unmanned underground silos approximately 80 feet deep and 12 feet wide. Covering these missile tubes were 100-ton blast doors that […]

  • Traveling Jenny

    Datebook listeners may recall the story of Traveling Jenny that aired back in April of 2007. Traveling Jenny was a cow on the Two Bar Ranch in Dunn County, part of a cattle herd owned by William Connolly. Many a time the Connolly cowhands had attempted to rope and brand Jenny, but she wasn’t about […]

  • The Fighting Chaplain

    Tucked in a plastic sleeve among many other objects and many other shelves in the State Historical Society of North Dakota museum lower-level, is a piece of sheet music. Entitled “Our Fighting Chaplain,” the music was written and played by the 116th Engineers Band. The band was no ordinary band and the chaplain, no ordinary […]

  • Stutsman County Courthouse

    Built in 1883, six years before North Dakota became a state, the Stutsman County Courthouse is the oldest of its kind in North Dakota. For almost a century the beautiful red brick structure was the center of both Stutsman County politics and law, only replaced by a new building in the early 1980s. A one-of-a-kind […]

  • Valley City Village

    On this date in 1881, Valley City was incorporated as a village. It had four other names before getting its final version. It was called Second Crossing of the Sheyenne when the Northern Pacific Railroad founded it in 1872. Probably because that was a bit wordy, it was soon renamed Fifth Siding and then renamed […]

  • Dust Bowl Diary

    On this date in 1932, Ann Marie Low spent the evening picking chokecherries. She watched the ducks along the river and the changing colors of the hills and fields, calling it her country. By the end of the decade though, the farm where she grew up would no longer feel like home. As the dust […]

  • Duck Census

    The Dust Bowl years not only rocked agriculture and society in the Midwest, but also the region’s ecosystem. As drought eliminated marshlands and turned soil into dry, wind-blown silt, different species, including waterfowl, felt the effects. On this date in 1935, the Killdeer Herald announced that the first wild duck census would be conducted in […]

  • Elderly Divorce

    Friends and family of a Grand Forks couple were reeling on this date in 1904; the couple, Edward and Katherine Fallen, had just announced they would be seeking a divorce. Normally, such a thing would cause little commotion, but the Fallens were over seventy years of age and had been married for over forty years! […]