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  • Bjug Harstad and the Lutheran Academy

    While he may not be often remembered today, Bjug (Bee-you-g) Harstad was one of North Dakota’s most prolific church and school planters of the 19th century.  Born in Setesdal, Norway in December of 1848, Harstad moved with his family to Seneca, Illinois in 1861.  From an early age Harstad felt a deep calling to bring […]

  • Jacob Allmaras, KIA/MIA

    In April of 1951, North Dakota newspapers reported Corporal Edward Lovejoy, of Williston, had been killed in action in Korea, and Sergeant First Class Willas Teske, of Hazen, had been seriously wounded. A third man, Private First Class Jacob Allmaras, of New Rockford, had also been wounded in action.  Allmaras was a rifleman in Company […]

  • The Natural Gas Problem

    “North Dakota oil fever” was growing in 1939, with three new oil rigs slated to be built in Morton and Slope Counties that summer. One New York prospector warned a reporter, however, that major oil companies might shy away from extensive drilling in North Dakota.  The problem?  How to dispose of any natural gas they […]

  • North Dakota Storm

    OK—stop me if you’ve heard this one: When it’s 60 above zero:  Floridians turn on the heat. North Dakotans plant gardens. 50 above:  Californians shiver uncontrollably. People are sunbathing in North Dakota. 40 above:  Imported cars won’t start. People in North Dakota drive with the sunroof open. 32 above:  Distilled water freezes. The water in […]

  • Territory of Lincoln

    Welcome to the home of Medora, Fort Abraham Lincoln and Bonanzaville; that’s right, its all here in the great state of…Lincoln!?  Well almost.  Naming the northern half of Dakota Territory ‘North Dakota’ seems an obvious choice today.  But that wasn’t always the case. Territorial and national figures long debated the division and future statehood of […]

  • Long Way to North Dakota

    In 1912, Englishman Jack Judge became famous when his song, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” flew from the Grand Theatre in Stalybridge, Cheshire, England, where he performed it, to the trenches of the first world war. It was adopted by the soldiers of Great Britain as their battle song and was heard across the […]

  • Pulver Mounds

    It was this date in 1989 that the Falkirk Mining Company donated a bit of land high on a bluff overlooking a small lake in McLean County to the state of North Dakota.  At first glance there isn’t anything special about the place.  Absent a nice view, it seems just like any other part of […]

  • Toonerville Trolley

    Back in the 1920s, a Bismarck trolley car was named after a popular newspaper cartoon that was in syndication between 1908 and 1955.  The cartoon was called variously Toonerville Folks or Toonerville Trolley. Toonerville was the name of a city area we would now call the suburbs.  A central theme to the gag was a […]

  • Hazen’s Request

    Like any good officer, Colonel Hazen was concerned about the well-being of his men living on the Dakota prairie. Troubled by the lack of regular religious services at Fort Buford, Hazen petitioned Washington for a post chaplain on this date in 1874. But he was not interested in just any chaplain. He had no time […]

  • Mistake

    Did you know that, at one time in the past anyway, if you left a string of bad checks across the state, then high-tailed it into Minnesota, you couldn’t be extradited for your offense? Well, not too many people did, luckily enough. The problem was an inaccurately worded law that dates back to1877, when the […]

  • Two Stories from 1915

    Two stories from this date, in 1915, depicted conditions in Chicago due to rampant unemployment. The first described some 1500 unemployed civilians who protested, led by activist Lucy Parsons with a black banner that said, simply, “Hunger.” Plain-clothes policemen attacked the protesters, using blackjacks and clubs, and a riot ensued. Among 27 arrested was a […]

  • Jonny Lang

    On this day in 1981, Jon Gordon Langseth Jr. was born in Fargo. Growing up as a child Fargo, you might expect young Jon to become a Bison football fan, or a fan of winter sports. But Jon wasn’t like other boys his age. He had a special determination and drive. One evening, Jon’s father […]

  • Wanted: Helpmate

    In 1908, the North Dakota we know and love today was different. There were no cars, no phones, no computers. There were lanterns and letters home. There was hard work. Sometimes, there was just a claim, a farm, and a man. And so , there was also loneliness on the vast, open prairie, so far […]

  • Duane Howard, Bull Rider

    In her book, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, North Dakota author Fran Armstrong talks about rodeo stars from the upper Great Plains. One of them is Duane Howard, who was a bronc and champion bull rider during the 1960s. She writes, “As I listened to Duane talking about rodeo, I began to get a […]

  • Don’t Forget Nellie

    When Minnie Craig of Esmond was elected as a North Dakota state representative in 1922, she marked the beginning of political service for women in this state and in this country. However, Minnie wasn’t the only woman elected that session. She shared the honor and status of being the first female elected to serve in […]

  • North Dakotas National Guard Shoulder Patch

    Symbolism has long played an important part in military tradition. The North Dakota National Guard’s shoulder insignia is no exception; borrowing from the past and present to communicate North Dakota’s rich military heritage. Dominating the shield design is the State Military Crest. Approved by the Army on this date in 1926, the crest is a […]

  • No Snow Day

    Almost any child will express excitement at the prospect of snow; and almost any school-aged student looks forward to the possibility of missing school if it snows too heavily. However, on this date in 1951, snow-covered roads proved to be no problem for at least a few young children Tom Gilderhus was a farmer in […]

  • The Sheyenne Blizzard

    North Dakota was an up and coming state in 1907. Additional lands had been opened for homesteading, and the journalist field was crowded with newly ordained newspapers. Across the state, publications such as the Barlow Enterprise, the Lankin Journal, the Oriska Post, the Mott Pioneer Press, the Jud Leader and the Marmath Mail, were among […]

  • Dairy Farmers Take on Filipino Monkeys

    The annual North Dakota Dairymen’s convention opened in Bismarck on this date in 1930. The day was cold and blustery, so attendance wasn’t as high as anticipated. Too bad, because the group was facing a crisis: too much butter. Dairy farmers were badly demoralized in 1930, and various speakers laid the blame on two sources: […]

  • Fords Theater

    As Abraham Lincoln watched the theatre stage, John Wilkes Booth crept from the shadows behind, drew his derringer pistol, and fired. Mortally wounded, the president slumped forward, never to regain consciousness. Over the next century, controversy surrounded the site of Lincoln’s assassination. Some wanted Ford’s Theater to stand as a tribute to Lincoln’s life or […]