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  • The Great Fargo Fire Aftermath

    Many American cities in the 19th century were plagued by raging fires made more dangerous in their devastation by a combination of wooden buildings and limited firefighting practices. Heating by wood and coal-fired stoves was as much a threat as it was a comfort in the 1800s. Wooden buildings in town, resting closely side by [...]

  • Bismarck Hail Storm

    An incredible thunderstorm struck Bismarck on this date in 2001, causing millions of dollars in damage and leaving up to six feet of hail piled up in some areas. Afterward, the fresh hail resembled blankets of snow, clogging storm drains and underpasses, which led to flooding. Part of a super-cell, the storm formed in the [...]

  • Bowman County Re-Established

    The county of Bowman, North Dakota, was re-established on this date in 1907 by Governor John Burke. In the far southwestern corner of the state, the county was originally created by the 1883 Dakota Territorial Legislature and named for Territorial Representative Edward Bowman. By 1903, however, the county still lacked the number of residents needed [...]

  • Rudy Rudd, Pianist

    It was on this date in 1900 that Rudolph Alexander Rudd was born to Norwegian immigrants in Fargo. Rudy was tall and slender, with perfect posture and movie-star good looks. Rudy had a gift for music. He graduated from the Dakota Conservatory of Music at age 17 and quickly gained a reputation throughout the region [...]

  • Dunn Center Relocation

    Where the railroad went, people followed. The Homestead Law of 1863 was the main ingredient in the settling of the West, but it was the railroads that supplied the means to do so. Railroads were the lifeblood of a community, bringing in the materials and supplies to build and sustain the towns and farms. They [...]

  • Rain, Rain

    On this date in 1920, farmers in North Dakota were lamenting the state of their crops. The weather was hot, but dry; and without rain, prospects looked poor – until the following day, when the rain began.   Around Ramsey County, it was reported that three inches of rain fell in approximately 40 minutes. The [...]

  • The Man Behind the Fort

    Military forts established on America’s western frontier were often named in honor of military personnel – soldiers from enlisted men through generals. They commemorated individual for bravery, military record, death or wounds on the field of battle, or length of service. For example, Fort Lincoln in Texas in was named in 1848 for U.S. Infantry [...]

  • Navy V-12 Training Program

    On this date in 1943, the president of Minot State Teachers College, C.C. Swain, announced that the college would sign contracts with the U.S. Navy to start a V-12 officer training program, which would not only help the military by producing college-educated officers for World War II, it would also help Minot State College cope [...]

  • Grand Forks Cyclone

    On this date in 1887, the University of North Dakota’s only building was almost blown to smithereens. Though no tornadoes were sighted, newspapers reported “a terrible cyclonic calamity.” The University had been established four years earlier, and North Dakota was still two years from statehood, but 100 students occupied Old Main, along with faculty, classrooms [...]

  • Fort Union Sold

    Pierre Chouteau, Jr. arrived at Fort Union in June of 1865 greatly distressed. He knew he was about to lose out on ownership of the fort. His nemesis: James Boyd Hubbell, a Minnesota licensed fur trader and ardent backer of Abraham Lincoln and US Senator Morton Wilkinson. Success in the Minnesota fur trade as a [...]

  • Fort Ransom

    Fort Ransom was established on the banks of the Sheyenne River on this date in 1867. The fort was built by a battalion of the 10th U.S. Infantry to protect those traveling overland between Fargo and Bismarck. At the time, the atrocities of the Dakota War of 1862 were still fresh in many people’s minds, [...]

  • William Langer

    On this date in 1920, residents of Edmore prepared to hear William Langer, candidate for governor, speak in their town, preceding a primary election. Langer was looking to unseat incumbent Lynn Frazier.   The promise of Langer as a speaker drew a large crowd. “Delegations” came from Crary, Doyon, Lawton, Brocket and Devils Lake, catching [...]

  • Photographs and the Disaster

    It can arguably be called the most stunning and impactful photograph in North Dakota’s legacy of tough weather. A weary looking, blond-headed young man gazes on the child he cradles in his arms. The body of the five-year-old girl he holds is bruised, dirty, and lifeless. The photograph’s graphic black and white contrast adds to [...]

  • Cuban Pitcher Jose Mendez

    Today’s DATEBOOK examines the story of a baseball game on this date in 1913, when Jose Mendez, a Hall of Fame Cuban pitcher, played in the small town of Havana, North Dakota. “All-Nations Defeated Havana,” the Fargo Forum noted, “5 to 4 in a fast ten-inning game.” The All Nations ball club was a barnstorming [...]

  • Shot

    One afternoon in June of 1890, several gunshots were heard in the city of Minot. George Lewis was seen running from the railroad yard toward the local doctor’s house, exclaiming along the way that he shot a man.   Within five minutes of the shooting, a large crowd formed around the wounded man, William Palmer, [...]

  • Presidential Adoption

    On this date in 1927, the Sioux County Pioneer reported that President Calvin Coolidge would be adopted into the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Chief Chauncey Yellow Robe, a descendant of Sitting Bull, suggested that the Sioux tribe honor Coolidge for his advocacy of tribal rights and welfare. In 1924, Coolidge had passed the Indian Citizen [...]

  • Battle of Little Bighorn Anniversary

    The defeat of General Custer in 1876 was the high-water mark for Plains Indian warfare, but it also marked the end of the nomadic lifestyle.  Within six years, Sitting Bull, the spiritual leader, had surrendered, and most of the tribes on the Northern Plains had been settled upon reservations.  The March of Civilization had advanced [...]

  • Alexander McKenzie

    Alexander McKenzie was a political boss in North Dakota’s early years. He was part of a political machine and had many interests in the state, often shady ones, even after he moved away.   In June of 1922, while involved in a civil suit in Minnesota, McKenzie started to feel ill. He told friends he [...]

  • Tornado Cost and Cleanup

    Still stunned by the tornado that ripped through Fargo the previous week, residents were in the exhaustive process of disaster clean-up. On this date in 1957, funds for aiding the victims passed the $50,000 mark. The Forum newspaper reported the following day that the money gave a strong morale boost to the hundreds of people [...]

  • John Burke Statue Dedication

    Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol was established in 1862 to celebrate individuals who reflect historic renown or distinguished service in their state’s history. Long before the well-known statue of Sacagawea was enshrined in the Hall in 2003, the first North Dakotan selected was Governor “Honest” John Burke. Burke was a reform-minded governor who also [...]