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  • Mugwumps

    On this date in 1889, with only thirteen days remaining before the election to approve the state Constitution and choose North Dakota’s first state officials and legislators, the political parties were working at a frenzied pace.  Local, county and district conventions were combined to promote the candidates chosen at the state conventions and to expedite […]

  • North Dakota’s Nobility

    When people think of nobility who lived in North Dakota, the Marquis de Mores usually comes to mind.  But he was not the only European noble to make his home here.  Lord Berriedale of Scotland operated a farm in Nelson County from 1884 to 1905. He was born John Sutherland Sinclair on this date in […]

  • New Education System

    In 1942, while other schoolchildren were stuck inside a classroom learning reading, writing, and arithmetic, the children of Wing village spent their days in workshops, classrooms, and fields learning the finer points of shoe repair, woodwork, and gardening.  These students were the beneficiaries of a new education system devised by the president of Mayville State […]

  • Ron Offutt, Roughrider

    North Dakota established the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award in 1961.  The award recognizes North Dakotans who have achieved national recognition.  The Governor consults with the Secretary of State and the director of the State Historical Society to choose the recipients.  Forty North Dakotans have received the award.  Their portraits are displayed in the lower […]

  • The Flight of Bertrandias and Garrett

    At the beginning of September of 1923, two aviators, Lieutenants Kenneth Garrett and Victor Bertrandias, both of the US Air Service, were on a “pathfinding flight” from Long Island to Seattle. Along the way, they stopped at the Agricultural College, now NDSU, to refuel. They collected fifty gallons of gas and had a chat with […]

  • Patriot Day

    Any adult alive on September 11, 2001 probably remembers where they were when the Twin Towers fell.  New York City may seem very far away from North Dakota.  But North Dakotans were directly affected by the event.  A mother lost her daughter; a police officer from North Dakota reported for duty on his day off […]

  • 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 […]

  • Political Maelstrom

    Politics reigned supreme this week in 1889.  The election was only three weeks away.  One of the decisions to be made by each party was the choice of the three candidates for the US Congress.  The Congressman would actually be chosen by the new state legislature when it convened in November, but the nominations were […]

  • The University of North Dakota

    The University of North Dakota was founded six years before North Dakota became a state.  In 1883, the Territorial Legislature passed a bill that called for locating the university in Grand Forks.  The University included only a few acres of land.  Located two miles outside Grand Forks, it was surrounded by farms and fields. The […]

  • Dakota Optimism

    North Dakota has recently become the envy and admiration of the rest of the nation as first among those few states experiencing an economic boom. But there was an earlier time for Dakota, a time like today, a time back in the beginning when the sky was no limit. The distinguished British statesman Lord Bryce […]

  • Erling Rolfsrud, the Author

    The restless boy stopped his horses and gazed toward the Blue Buttes of McKenzie County. Beyond them, he pictured majestic mountains, mighty rivers, and wide oceans. Years later, Erlings Rolfsrud would look back at that boy and write, “If only he could get away from this land where folks did nothing more exciting than stretch […]

  • Political Conventions

    The Constitutional Convention was over and it was time to concentrate on the October election.  The Republican Convention convened in Fargo on August 22nd with many of the old political war horses already on the ground promoting themselves or their candidates.  Former Governors Pierce and Ordway were among those aspiring for Congressional seats. General Harrison […]

  • The Calm Before the Storm

    There was big news in the Grand Forks Herald on this date in 1882.  The city was preparing for an influx of territorial delegates for the Republican Convention.  The newspaper called it the calm before the storm.  The paper predicted a dull day that would soon be followed by a week of excitement. The planning […]

  • The Grand Forks Baseball Team

    In the year 1900, the Grand Forks baseball team became North Dakota champions.  They won this great honor by earning the best record in the state, winning 23 games and losing just three, and also by defeating the best teams in the region. The Grand Forks ballclub had an excellent manager named E.H. Kent who […]

  • Grain of Millet

    What did North Dakota–specifically, Lisbon–and Australia have in common on this date in 1962? Both were listed among the world leaders in the production of the grain of millet. Although millet can be a feed grain and is sometimes found in bird feed, the grain is also fit for human consumption. The grain is rich […]

  • Governor Walter Maddock

    It was on this day in 1928 that North Dakota’s fourteenth governor, Arthur G. Sorlie passed away while in office.  Taking up the reigns of government was Lieutenant Governor Walter J. Maddock, sworn in shortly following Governor Sorlie’s death. The Sorlie/Maddock governorships occurred in the middle of perhaps the greatest political war in North Dakota […]

  • Constitution Composition

    After forty-five days, North Dakota had its Constitution, but where did it come from?  According to Clement Lounsberry, the delegates had access to the constitutions and charters of other states.  These documents had been compiled over a period of one hundred years and were valuable in providing features that had stood the test of time […]

  • Lights in the Sky

    North Dakota has a close connection to UFO sightings.  In 1947, private pilot Kenneth Arnold, a North Dakota native, made the first official UFO report, saying he spotted a string of nine, shiny  objects flying past Mount Rainier in Washington State. The very next year, a Fargo pilot reported a sighting.  The Air Force investigated, […]

  • The Wild West Comes to Fargo

    Buffalo Bill Cody, one of America’s first national celebrities, was as well known in his day as any movie star is today.  Cody was initially famous as a buffalo hunter, Army scout, and frontier fighter.  Ned Buntline wrote a series of dime novels loosely based on Cody’s life.  A play written about Buffalo Bill was […]

  • Dry State

    When Benjamin Harrison signed legislation turning Dakota Territory into the states of North and South Dakota on November 2, 1889, both entered the union as dry states. With both states populated by characters of the Wild West, and with saloons, bars, brawls, and debauchery commonplace, the prohibition against alcohol was certainly a bone of contention. […]