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  • Country Living

    There’s a lot of beauty living out in the country, but that life has its troubles, too.  George Dockter found that out in the winter of 1946. George lived in the country about 18 miles north of McClusky.  The winter had been bad, and the snow was so deep that the postman wasn’t able to […]

  • Oscar Peterson, DSC

    Oscar W. Peterson was a boiler-maker in Jamestown before he joined the Army in 1917. On this date in 1918, he was promoted from corporal to sergeant, and two months later he was shipped overseas, where he served in France during WWI. Peterson was attached to Company A, 59th Infantry, which was engaged in an […]

  • The War in Iraq/ND Guard Casualties

    The War in Iraq began on March 20th, 2003. (President Bush audio from MS NBC)  “On my orders coalition forces have begun striking selective targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein’s ability to wage war.  These are opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign.” (Dan Rather audio from CBS Evening […]

  • The Marmarth Mummified Dinosaur

    It’s not often that Marmarth, North Dakota makes national news.  For years the tiny town of 140 has sat comfortably in its anonymity; just one of many small towns in North Dakota.  But that was all before it became the site of one of the rarest and most important dinosaur finds in a generation. In […]

  • North Dakota’s Former Governors’ Mansion

    For sixty-seven years, the North Dakota Governors’ Mansion served as home to twenty-three state executives.  Originally constructed in Bismarck in 1884 by a local businessman to serve as his family residence, the state purchased the home nine years later when it became apparent funds approved to construct a new governors’ house were insufficient. Although a […]

  • George Pinney and the Capital

    It was a warm, sunny morning on this date in 1862; not a cloud in sight.  But inside the legislative buildings, a storm was brewing. The recently elected First Legislative Assembly for the Territory of Dakota convened at Yankton, the temporary territorial capital.  Among the thirteen members of the House of Representatives sat George M. […]

  • Anna Held

    Anna Held, born Helene Anna Held in Poland in 1872, was a popular name in Hollywood gossip in the early 1900s.  She was a star of great consequence, a woman of her own whims.  It was said that she had some talent, but it was her figure and her persona-magnified by her common-law, showman husband, […]

  • Welfare in North Dakota

    Thirteen million people unemployed; 5,000 failed banks; industrial production down 45%; home-building down 80%.  When?  Between 1929 and 1932.  It was the beginning of the Great Depression, which lasted roughly ten years. North Dakota was not spared.  On this date in 1938, the director of the state Welfare Board reported more than one in three […]

  • Reagan Speech

    On this date in 1983, President Ronald Reagan spoke before members of the federal law enforcement agencies at a memorial service in Washington, D.C. to remember agents who had fallen in the line of duty over the past year.  Among the thirteen remembered on that cold March day were U.S. Marshal Kenneth Muir and Deputy […]

  • Basketball

    Two things people in North Dakota can count on this time of the year: blizzards and high school basketball tournaments.   Almost anyone who’s traveled to a March tournament has a storm story to go along with it.  The 2009 Girls Class B tournament is in the books. The Class A boys and girls are playing […]

  • Alexander Henry

    Pembina is the Chippewa word for highbush cranberry, whose berries lend their flaming color to the woods in autumn.  It is also the name of North Dakota’s most northeastern town.  Pembina is also considered the site of the first trading post in what is now North Dakota, built by Alexander Henry, the younger, for the […]

  • Lawrence Welk’s Parents

    There’s no mistaking the familiar opening notes of the Lawrence Welk television show theme song.  This world famous musician, band leader and showman was born on this date, March 11, 1903, near Strasburg, North Dakota.  Much has been written about Lawrence himself … but what about his parents?  There wouldn’t have been a Lawrence had […]

  • Breach of Promise Suit

    Spring is the season of love, and that can mean all kinds of trouble.   This was true for Mrs. Sybil Kleity from North Dakota, who found love in a most unexpected place, public transportation. Mrs. Kleity was a beautician who moved from Minot to Fargo in 1936 after leaving her husband, Raymond Kleity of Minot.  […]

  • Violin Thief

    On this date in 1911, the Fargo newspaper reported on an interesting crime. Professor Hendrickson, the main player and victim, lived a relatively quiet life.  He worked at the Dakota Conservatory of Music in Fargo where he taught the art of music.  The Conservatory existed among other offices in the upper floors of a newly-built, […]

  • Missing Declared Dead

    Korean War truce talks began in July 1951, but the war wouldn’t end until two years later. On this date in 1952, one U.N. negotiator accused North Korea and China of secretly imprisoning allied prisoners of war in Red China. Rear Admiral R. E. Libby stated a Chinese lieutenant had confessed he escorted POWs to […]

  • Home Brew Day

    The passage of the Volstead Act in October 1919 launched national prohibition, as defined by the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This date in 1922 was labeled “Home Brew Day” when 73 North Dakotans were brought up on charges  before District Judge Andrew Miller in his first session of Federal Court in Bismarck.  Most […]

  • The Inaugural Ball

    Behind every good man stands a great woman.  That’s certainly the case for George Armstrong Custer, a prominent figure in the history of Dakota Territory.  Whatever your opinion of the general, his wife, Elizabeth Bacon Custer, played an undeniably crucial role in his professional achievements.  Like many of her peers, Libbie made it her duty […]

  • Early Automobiles in Bismarck

    In March of 1909, the citizens of Bismarck were becoming much more mobile, wanting to be as progressive as the rest of the country. As a result, the first automobile advertisement in Bismarck appeared. The car dealership of Miller and Lahr advertised a Ford Model T automobile, in any color you desired – as long […]

  • Lincoln’s Inauguration

    In 1938, William Beadle was memorialized with a statue in the US Capitol Building at Washington DC.  While remembered largely for his work as an educator in Dakota Territory, the statue also honors his stint as a soldier in the Civil War.  It was in this role, fighting for the Union, that Beadle experienced one […]

  • Miracle Passenger

    Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time.  On this date, in 1951, a horrible accident struck when a Mid-Continent Airlines flight, en route to Minneapolis from Kansas City, crashed at Sioux City, killing fifteen people.  Witnesses to the crash said visibility had been fair, but a sudden snow squall blotted out the airplane as it came […]