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  • Joseph Nicolas Nicollet

    Throughout the nineteenth century, humanity’s knowledge of the world expanded at a spectacular rate. As Europeans set out for destinations around the globe in search of new trade routes, to spread their faith, sell their goods or simply explore the world, many returned with detailed maps and fabulous stories about lands the rest of Europe […]

  • French Fries

    The British call them “chips,” served with deep-fried slabs of cod fish, and wrapped up in yesterday’s newspaper. The French refer to them as “frites,” served up with mayonnaise or mustard. And the Canadians prefer them doused in malt vinegar, with salt liberally applied. But here in America, we call them French fries. Americans bought […]

  • Fiction from the Dust Bowl

    During the thirties, intense heat, cold and drought contended with other factors to turn the Midwest into a giant dust bowl. With the erosion of topsoil and the destruction of farmland, many lost their home, and their will to continue. Yet some still chose to stay and push forward, despite the difficulties. These were the […]

  • Baseball

    Norman Kenney liked baseball. He was good at it, too; he even played professionally in North Dakota and in Montana. In 1925, he played for the Red Sox, a travelling team in Dickinson, ND. The first game of the season was in May, in Hazen. However, the team hit dire straits when a Hazen base […]

  • Fantasical Family Feud

    In 1904, the Fargo Forum publicized a domestic row that had escalated over the course of September and began to affect the greater Fargo area. The trouble existed between Mr. John Schultz and his wife, and began earlier in the year. Apparently, Mr. Schultz first made news by accusing his wife of numerous infidelities; chief […]

  • Theodore Roosevelt Visits

    It was on this date in 1912 that Theodore Roosevelt visited Fargo by train during his Progressive campaign. Footage from the event shows the President being greeted by massive crowds at the Northern Pacific train depot. The President spoke from the rear of the train as part of his larger western rail tour. Film also […]

  • Grants Apples

    In 1883, the capitol of Dakota Territory was moved from Yankton to Bismarck, and on this date, many prominent citizens, including ex-president Ulysses S. Grant, came to see the laying of the new building’s cornerstone. This ceremony was the big event, but Bismarck residents also readied the city and their homes. In one yard, a […]

  • Frances Densmore

    In the summer of 1912, two peculiar figures trekked across the Ft. Berthold Reservation wearing high-collared dresses and heavy petticoats in the hot summer sun. Ms. Frances Densmore and her sister Margaret stuck out like a sore thumb as they hauled ungainly machinery such as a typewriter, a phonograph, and camera equipment across the natives’ […]

  • Dick Grace

    Surviving a plane crash is considered a miracle for any person, but imagine surviving 47 crashes in your lifetime. This was one of North Dakota pilot Dick Grace’s greatest claims to fame. You might think that any pilot who crashed 47 times was clumsy, but not Dick Grace. Crashing planes was his job. After serving […]

  • Finlander on the Warpath

    The Bisbee Gazette published a story about an event that took place, on this date in 1911, titled “Finlander on the Warpath.” The article read, “Saturday evening a bunch of Finlanders loaded up on snoose and Hofman drop and then started in to carve each other in the usual way among those fellows. The affray […]

  • Scott Gunvaldson

    A tall lanky man stands in the Hotel Kaddatz in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Working in complete silence, the artist wields his paintbrush and brings to life vibrant scenes from everyday life: a proud family surveying their farm, wide eyed cows grazing on bucolic lush land, vibrant blue skies above blazing gold sunflowers, trains passing by […]

  • Cow Crash

    Ask any North Dakotan, and they will tell you that cows have an important place in the history of the state. These simple creatures were as much a part of the prairies as they are a part of the dairies. Yet a day in the life of a cow is usually not very interesting to […]

  • Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

    When Vincent Ryan became Bishop of Bismarck in 1940, he made the construction of a distinguished cathedral a top priority. Using the design commissioned by his predecessor, Bishop Ryan broke ground on the new cathedral in Bismarck in September of 1941, but he faced a daunting set of obstacles. America’s entrance into World War II […]

  • Grasshopper Squisher

    Modern insecticides have stopped grasshoppers from being the nightmare they used to be, but many can remember the days when each step into a field sent hundreds of grasshoppers catapulting into the air. In the 1880s, enterprising farmer living near Hope came up with way to deal with his hoppers. The Steele County Centennial book […]

  • Governor Arthur G. Sorlie

    The gubernatorial election of 1924 featured a hard fought battle between the Nonpartisan League and the Independent Voters Association, leaving Arthur Sorlie the victor. A native of Freeborn County, Minnesota, Arthur G. Sorlie first moved to North Dakota following graduation from Luther Academy in 1893. Settling in Buxton, Sorlie began work at the town bank. […]

  • Elizabeth Cardwell

    Life on a frontier army post in the 19th century was filled with hardships. For the men of the 1st US Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Fort Rice, one bright, but fleeting diversion came in the form of a 21-year-old woman named Elizabeth Cardwell. Raised in Virginia, Elizabeth married Patrick Cardwell shortly before he joined the […]

  • American Crystal Sugar

    Whether it’s granular or powder, brown or white, sugar remains a staple in households across the country. For many North Dakotan’s, that sugar is often bought from the grocery store in little five-pound blue and white bags with the words “Crystal Sugar” neatly printed across the face. While we often associate our sugar with sugarcane, […]

  • Kermit Roosevelt Adventure

    Young Kermit Roosevelt eagerly awaited letters from his father. They were filled with detailed images, sketched in words, of his father’s adventures in the Dakota Badlands. All the Roosevelt children gloried in the stories of ranching and hunting contained in what they referred to as “picture letters,” and literally read them to pieces. Although few […]

  • Satchel Paige Returns to Bismarck

    In 1939, the people of North Dakota prepared to celebrate the state’s Golden Jubilee, remembering North Dakota’s 50 years of statehood from 1889 to 1939.  During this four day celebration, North Dakotans commemorated a long history of pioneers with such displays as the “Wagons West” show, which told the story of the daring pioneers who […]

  • Bootleg Fracas

    In late summer 1910, the Hansboro News reported: “[A] row started over a lot of boot-leg liquor which had been brought in by one Ben Crayton and peddled out rather freely during the day. Toward evening Ben…made his getaway from the now intoxicated bunch. When Ben could not be found and no more liquor could […]