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  • Madame de Mule

    There have been several historical murders in North Dakota that have captured the attention of the media and the sympathy of the people. One of these is the Wolf family murder near Turtle Lake in April, 1920.   In early May, Henry Layer confessed to killing the seven members of the Jacob Wolf family, along [...]

  • Married Men in WWII

    On September 16, 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt implemented the first peacetime draft in history, known as the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940. The following year, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, the United States was at war. Thousands of young men rushed to the recruitment centers and joined the Armed [...]

  • Ella Returns

    Datebook listeners may recall the story of Ella O’Keefe, who appears to have been a likeable person who spent most of her time traveling. Ella’s real name was Marie Ricks and local authorities were quite baffled as to what to do with her. Marie had become a well known celebrity of sorts, but not the [...]

  • Second Gift from Fritz

    Financier Chester Fritz announced a 1 million dollar gift to the University of North Dakota on this date in 1965. Fritz had spent his first two years of college at UND and had previously donated a million dollars for a campus library. When Fritz made the 1965 donation for an auditorium, it was lauded as [...]

  • Night Attack on Fort Pembina

    A band of 200 Sioux attacked Fort Pembina on this date in 1808. Their main targets were not the traders and their families, but rather the enemy Chippewa camped nearby. The Chippewa had been trading earlier in the day and had fallen asleep in their tents after consuming much rum. Alexander Henry, a well-known fur [...]

  • Northern Naysayers

    A Divisionist Convention was held at Fargo on this date in 1887 to debate the merits of dividing Dakota Territory into two separate entities. An identical convention was held ten days earlier in Huron to the south. Both conventions hoped to garner support for the division of the territory, meriting the admittance of not one [...]

  • Kenneth Simons, Political Activist

    Kenneth William “K.W.” Simons was born on this date in 1927, the son of Kenneth Wetherill and Marie (Malloy) Simons. Born and raised in Bismarck, Simons became a teacher and political activist. His father was the editor of the Bismarck Tribune from 1930-1948 and, while in high school, Simons worked at the Tribune. After graduating [...]

  • The Missouri Forks

    William Clark, along with a small contingent of men, reached the three forks of the Upper Missouri on this date in 1805. The Lewis and Clark Expedition had been traveling for over three months in search of the forks, guided by the Mandan and Hidatsa directions given to them near Fort Mandan. After wintering with [...]

  • Heart River Corral

    General Alfred Sully and a large contingent of troops departed from the Heart River of western North Dakota on this date in 1864, leaving behind a few hundred emigrants and several hundred soldiers as protection. Sully’s troops headed north to confront a village of Sioux that scouts had reported in the Killdeer Mountains. The place [...]

  • State Penitentiary

    The first inmates of the new Bismarck penitentiary arrived from Sioux Falls on this date in 1885.  The thirty-five men were transferred from the Dakota Territory Prison, which had become overcrowded in the four years since it was built in 1881. Territorial Governor Nehemiah Ordway had advocated for the penitentiary in Bismarck, reasoning that the [...]

  • Turtle Lake Tornado

    A large storm traveled through west-central North Dakota on this date in 1996, producing a tornado near Turtle Lake and causing extensive hail damage. The tornado was relatively small, only about three yards wide and extending over a twenty-mile path. An F1 on the Fujita scale, it caused $70,000 in damage, despite occurring in a [...]

  • Fargoans on the Hitler List

    Walter Stockwell, the Grand Secretary of the Masonic Grand Lodge of North Dakota claimed an unusual recognition this date in 1945. Stockwell and fellow Fargoan Lynn Stambaugh learned their names were found on a list of “enemies of the Third Reich.” Contents from the  Adolph Hitler’s papers identifying enemies were reported by Fargo native C. [...]

  • Judicial Districts

    William Jayne, the first Governor of Dakota Territory, issued a proclamation dividing the territory into three judicial districts on this date in 1861. Jayne, Abraham Lincoln’s personal physician from Springfield, Illinois, was only thirty-five years old when President Lincoln appointed him to be Territorial Governor of Dakota. The tremendous task of creating a territorial government [...]

  • Homeward Bound

    The 1st North Dakota Volunteers set sail from the Philippines on this date in 1899. They had arrived in the islands the previous summer to take part in the Spanish-American War, but stayed long enough to fight in the Philippine-American War that spring. During the 1890s, the United States grew increasingly wary of reports of [...]

  • Woods Expedition

    Major Samuel Woods reached Pembina on this date in 1849, traveling through the newly-formed Minnesota Territory to establish a military presence on the Red River of the North. Also known as the Pope Expedition, after the group’s surveyor John Pope, Woods was also tasked with meeting with local tribes to learn whether “their lands in [...]

  • Fisk at Fort Union

    Captain James Fisk’s last and largest western expedition reached Fort Union on this date in 1866. A week behind schedule, the party of five hundred was happy to have reached the Montana border without any major catastrophes. Fisk’s fourth expedition also proved his most successful. The previous three, sanctioned by the U.S. Army, had been [...]

  • Valley City Incorporated

    The village of Valley City was incorporated on this date in 1881. Founded seven years earlier, the village was the only settlement between Mapleton and Jamestown, an important stopping place for western settlers before crossing the Sheyenne River. Although the earliest settlers arrived in the valley in 1872, it wasn’t until the Northern Pacific Railroad [...]

  • Paul Bunyan

    Have you wondered why North Dakota has so few trees? According to legend, Paul Bunyan and Babe, his big blue ox, wandered west from his logging camp in Minnesota one day. He tied his huge ax to the end of a long rope and swung it around in circles, single-handedly logging off acres of forest [...]

  • Potato Flakes

    During the 1940s, convenience foods had become increasingly popular. Frozen and canned foods became plentiful, and researchers also looked to dehydration as a way to preserve food and minimize storage and transportation costs. Although the Incas first dehydrated potatoes a thousand years ago, dehydrated potatoes in the U.S. were limited to granules, which were difficult [...]

  • Travis Hafner

    Travis Hafner made his Major League Baseball debut on this date in 2002, playing for the Texas Rangers. One of only fifteen North Dakota natives to play in the Major Leagues, the designated hitter has garnered the most home runs for a player born in the state. Born in Jamestown in 1977, Hafner grew up [...]