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  • Old Maid Teachers?

    In April, 1895, the Minto Journal proudly reported that the Land Office in Grand Forks had, in one week, recorded 69 people filing for land and 11 proving up, accounting for a total of 13,000 acres, almost all in Cavalier County. “There is no mistake about the meaning of this,” the article read. “It is [...]

  • How To Start An Automobile

    In April 1910, the Hansboro News offered the following advice: Here are a few things a gasoline engine will and will not do. They will not run backwards; sometimes they won’t run forward either. If they won’t run either way try severing your connection with the anti-swearing society, get out in the woodshed and give [...]

  • First Monarchs

    On this day in 1931, the King and Queen of Siam were treated to a state dinner with President Hoover at the White House. They were the first absolute monarchs to ever visit the United States, and the first Asian monarchs to visit the White House. The royal couple was in the country so that [...]

  • Arbor Day

    What does he plant who plants a tree? He plants, in sap and leaf and wood, In love of home and loyalty – And far-cast thought of civic good, His blessing on the neighborhood Who in the hollow of His hand, Holds all the growth of all our land – A nation’s growth from sea [...]

  • State Hospital Opens

    On this day in 1885, the North Dakota Hospital For The Insane At Jamestown” was opened. Its corporate seal featured the three figures of Faith, Hope, and Charity, with the caption: “But The Greatest Of These Is Charity.” This hospital was a model institution for the times. One reporter wrote, “I have visited many ‘insane [...]

  • Gold Star Band

    One of NDSU’s oldest organizations is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a concert today at 2 p.m. at Festival Concert Hall in Fargo. It’s the Gold Star Band, organized in 1902 by a local musician and the Secretary of the College. The earliest written account goes like this: The two men had heard that a [...]

  • Schafer’s Gold Seal Sales

    On May 1st, 1942, Harold Schafer founded the Gold Seal Company, one of the state’s largest homegrown businesses. Schafer was born on a farm near Stanton in 1912 and was a junior in a Bismarck high school when his father died. The 15 year-old went to the school authorities and asked to take all his [...]

  • Spring Birding

    North Dakota is an absolute treasure for fans of feathered wildlife; in fact, there’s hardly a spot in the state that’s more than an hour away from some kind of wildlife refuge. Right now, sharp-tailed grouse are at the height of their spectacular sunrise mating rituals. In his courtship dance, the male grouse puffs up [...]

  • Mr. Giveaway

    McLean County is named for John A. McLean, the first mayor of Bismarck. Today we’re talking about one of his sons, Harry, who was born in Bismarck in 1883 and died May 1st, 1961. Young Harry had guts and a whole lot of moxie. He started his career as a water boy for a railway [...]

  • Josephine Kills Grinnell

    Today marks the anniversary of George Grinnell’s death in 1888. Born in Maryland, he served as a spy for the Army of the Potomac, then ventured west with a military wagon train to Fort Berthold. There, he made a living as a “woodhawk,” selling firewood to river steamers. Grinnell quickly learned about “women of convenience” [...]

  • Oimoen, Ski Jumper

    One of the greatest ski jumpers in U.S. history lived in North Dakota. Today would be his 98th birthday. As a boy in Norway, Casper Oimoen’s first skis were barrel staves. When he moved to Minot at age 17, he had already many won many trophies, but he would win almost 400 more, including 3 [...]

  • Mother’s Day

    Today is Mother’s Day, and we’re talking about Elizabeth Bodine, who was named North Dakota Mother of the Year in 1968. Bodine was a Velva native who firmly believed in education. In fact, every one of her 18 children received post-secondary education. Six of her daughters went to college, two other daughters went to business [...]

  • Zip to Zap

    Today is the 35th anniversary of the only official riot in state history that called on the National Guard to disperse the crowd. 1969 was part of a fiery decade that saw mass national protests against racial segregation and the Vietnam War. The hippie movement promoted free love, and the slogan “don’t trust anyone over [...]

  • Levingston or Rockefeller

    It was on this date in 1906 that William Levingston died at the age of 96. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Illinois, where he had lived out his life with Margaret, his wife of 50 years. William, a descendent of German immigrants, grew up in New York State. At 24, he was [...]

  • Fort Buford

    This weekend, Fort Buford is having a grand opening of its fully restored army barracks, including tours and music and a chance to indulge in a whole lot of history. Fort Buford was a military post built, in 1866, where the Missouri meets the Yellowstone River southwest of present-day Williston. Native American tribes were rightfully [...]

  • Spanish-American War

    We’d like to dedicate this show to Everett Albers, who died April 24th of cancer. He was the Executive Director of the ND Humanities Council since its inception in 1973 until his death. He co-authored, with Jerome Tweton, the Humanities Council publication, “TR, Cowboys, Rough Riders and Our Boys in the Philippines,” which provided the [...]

  • Philippine-American War

    Yesterday we talked about the Spanish-American War, in which America helped Cuba win its freedom from Spain. On June 24th, we’ll bring you the story of Teddy Roosevelt’s charge up San Juan Hill, but today, we’re switching directions. One month after the Spanish-American War began, American troops sailed from San Francisco to battle the Spanish [...]

  • Armed Forces Day

    Today is Armed Forces Day, which brings to mind the five ND Guardsmen who have died in Iraq during the past year: Staff Sgt. Kenneth Hendrickson, 41, of Bismarck; Sgt. Keith Smette, 25, of Makoti; Spc. James Holmes, 28, of East Grand Forks; Pvt. Philip Brown, 21, of Jamestown; and Spc. Jon Fettig, 30, of [...]

  • Nekomis Missile Base Protest

    Thirty-four years ago today was “International ABM Day,” an anti-war event that was planned to coincide with Armed Forces Day. In North Dakota, the early construction stages of the Anti-Ballistic Missile “Safeguards” had many worried about nuclear proliferation and the state’s growing dependence on federal defense money that came from the building of missile sites [...]

  • Syttende Mai

    Happy Syttende Mai! For those of you who don’t know what that is, an old article in the Hansboro News explains that May 17th is the “anniversary of the rise of modern Norway among the nations as an independent, self-governing kingdom…” The year the article was written was 1914 – the year of Norway’s Jubilee [...]