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  • Leith’s Sigh of Relief

    The city of Leith, North Dakota, breathed a small sigh of relief on this date in 2013 when two white supremacists with designs on the town were taken into custody. Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton, two neo-Nazis, had patrolled the town with a shotgun and rifle that Saturday, leading to several 911 calls from Leith […]

  • North Dakota’s Endangered Species

    Congregants of Blanchard Lutheran Church in Blanchard, North Dakota, were still reeling from the closing and demolition of their church on this date in 2011. The country church established in 1913 closed that year in May, and was bulldozed and burned that fall. A Facebook page with pictures now commemorates the church whose membership had […]

  • Johanna Kildahl

    It was in the late-summer of 1883 that fifteen-year-old Johanna Kildahl arrived in the Mauvais Coulee Valley, near Lake Alice, about twenty miles north of Devils Lake.  She traveled from Minnesota with her brother, Andrew, to meet the rest of her family who had homesteaded on the land in the spring of the year. After […]

  • Frank Anders and the Bassanella Brothers

    Today marks anniversaries in the lives of two North Dakota men who were complete opposites. One was the winner of the Medal of Honor, and the other was a cold-blooded killer. Today is the birthday of Frank Anders, who was born in 1875 at Ft. McKeen near Mandan, where his father was stationed. After his […]

  • Flag Flying High

    A symbol of North Dakota became official on this date in 1943 as the legislative assembly adopted the state flag. The flag is virtually identical to the one carried by the First North Dakota Regiment in the Spanish-American War in 1898 and Philippine Insurrection in 1899. The flag was originally proposed in a 1911 house […]

  • Introducing Carp Into North Dakota, 1885

    It seemed like a good idea in the 1880s to introduce the common carp into Dakota’s lakes, rivers and ponds. After all, carp have been highly valued in Europe and Asia for centuries.  Originating in Asia, carp were cultivated as a valuable food source as early as 300 B.C.  Carp were also native to Eastern […]

  • William Guy

    On this date in 1968, William L. Guy became the first North Dakota governor ever elected to a fourth term. He served 2 two-year terms and 2 four-year terms between 1961 and 1973. Governor Guy was a 41 year-old farmer from Amenia when he was inaugurated. He was born in Devils Lake and has the […]

  • Early Churches

    The first church bell to ring in North Dakota was at a mission called St. Joe. It was known as the “Angelus Bell.” For some time in the early 1800s, French Canadian trappers and mixed-blood Indians around Pembina attended a small Roman Catholic chapel built there in 1812; it is the earliest known church in […]

  • North Dakota’s First Year

    On this date in 1890, one full year had elapsed since the creation of the states of North and South Dakota.   On November 4th, 1889, Gov. John Miller issued a proclamation requesting all duly elected legislators to meet on Tuesday, November 19th, to elect two senators for the United States Congress and attend to the […]

  • I Christen Thee USS North Dakota

    It has been a long time since a United States naval vessel carried the name of North Dakota.  The dreadnought battleship North Dakota was decommissioned in 1923.  Now, once again, the USS North Dakota sails the seas.  In July, 2008 the Secretary of the Navy honored the state by announcing that a new Virginia-class submarine […]

  • Safety Island Sanctuaries

    North Dakota has more national wildlife refuges than any other state, 63 in total. On this date in 1935, the press was alerted to the establishment of two more of these “safety islands” in North Dakota – Des Lacs and Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuges. The two refuges were established to benefit migratory waterfowl. North Dakota […]

  • Not Very Minnie

    Minnie Jean Nielson was a hardworking woman. Born in Jackson, Michigan, her family moved to Valley City, North Dakota where she attended high school. After graduating, she demonstrated her work ethic by going University of North Dakota, the University of Michigan, and summer school at the University of Chicago.  She became a teacher of chemistry […]

  • Influenza

    Following one of the most deadly flu pandemics in history, a 1919 October article in the Towner newspaper carried an article theorizing that the outbreak had probably stemmed from lack of embalming of black plague victims in the Middle Ages. The 1918 outbreak of influenza was devastating, killing 20 to 30 million people. As with […]

  • Harvest in North Dakota

    An unusual harvest took place in Enderlin, North Dakota in 1938.  It wasn’t a harvest of wheat, soybeans, or corn, it was a harvest of trees.  That may bring logging to mind, but the Enderlin harvest was not for lumber.  On this date in 1938, the United States Forest Service announced that in seventeen days, […]

  • Summerall’s War Bonnet

    On this date in 1928, area residents of Bismarck and Mandan prepared for the imminent arrival of Major General Charles Summerall. The general was on an army camp inspection tour. Upon arrival he was met with a fair amount of pomp. He toured the city, inspected Fort Lincoln, and spoke at a banquet thrown in […]

  • Anniversary of Norse Settlers

    In his extensive history of North Dakota, Elwyn Robinson describes how Norwegian immigrants made their mark.  They carved out homesteads and settled the land.  As the railroads came through and towns sprouted on the prairie, these new immigrants adopted the language of their new home.  Many Anglicized their names.  Laverans Fjelstad became Lewis Fisk.  But […]

  • With Love From Fort Yates

    The man known as the first white accepted into the Yanktonai Sioux Nation penned a letter to relatives on this date in 1913, describing his experiences at Fort Yates, North Dakota. Alfred B. Welch, a North Dakota National Guard commander, was given the name Charging Bear by Chief John Grass, who a few months earlier […]

  • Goosefest

    Kenmare has identified with geese for decades; their school mascot is a snow goose, and their sports teams are called the Honkers. The town’s goose appreciation is at its zenith this week as the city celebrates its Annual Goosefest. As the self-proclaimed Goose Capital of North Dakota, the city hosts this hunting festival every October […]

  • The USO in Fargo

    Once World War II ended, the United States settled into a peaceful existence, but the lull did not last long.  By August, 1950, President Truman obtained the consent of Congress for military action in Korea.  Men were once again being drafted and heading to war.  The nation began to mobilize, including United Service Organizations – […]

  • Golden Days of Lewis and Clark

    The Corps of Discovery enjoyed a pleasant day on this date in 1804 as the expedition pulled up the Missouri River near present-day Huff, North Dakota. One historian said that if ever the party was like a bunch of guys on a long camping trip, it was now for Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their […]