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  • American Legion Baseball

    American Legion Baseball, which got its start in South Dakota in 1925, was the first program to provide a national baseball tournament for teenagers. In 1962, Bismarck hosted the program’s “Little World Series.” Everyone got into the spirit of the program, with Governor Guy designating it “North Dakota American Legion Baseball Week,” and Mayor Lips […]

  • Farming Devils Lake

    Most people in North Dakota are aware of the problems associated with Devils Lake. A rising water level has submerged thousands of acres of crop land, surrounded towns and farms and left the road system in shambles. Attempts to drain the massive lake has been met with stiff resistance from downstream concerns along the Sheyenne […]

  • Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Arctic Explorer

    A legendary Arctic explorer died on this date in 1962. He was Vilhjalmur Stefansson, born in 1879 to Icelandic immigrants in Manitoba. When he was two, the family moved to the Icelandic community of Mountain, in northeastern North Dakota, where Vilhjalmur remainder of his younger years. Stefansson is said to have been a rugged boy […]

  • Buffalo Bill Comes to Town, part 2

    On this date in 1910, Buffalo Bill Cody, on a farewell tour, bought his “Wild West” show to North Dakota. The Fargo audience saw attractions such as the World’s Smallest Cowboy, The King of Cowboys, and the Rough Rider Congress of the World, which brought together the world’s finest cavalrymen in an exhibition of their […]

  • Buffalo Bill Comes to Town

    For three decades, William F. Cody, better known as “Buffalo Bill,” entertained throngs of spectators with his world famous show, “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.” And on this date in 1910, as part of his farewell tour, Cody was preparing for his final appearance in North Dakota. Cody was born in Scott County, Iowa in 1846, […]

  • Missouri River Development

    Efforts to develop the Missouri River seriously began with a proposal to divert water to Devils Lake. This effort was strongly encouraged with various meetings and conferences beginning in 1926, but it was not until the downstream states could be convinced to join the effort that there could be any serious work done. As clouds […]

  • John F. Paul Gross

    We don’t live in a static world; and developments come faster and faster every day. Take one man, John F. Paul Gross. Born in the 1860s in Germany, he was once a printer in Fargo. In about 1905, Gross left Fargo and moved his family across the state by covered wagon — the prairie schooner […]

  • Spaghetti Safari

    On this date in 1969, it was reported that 18 female editors from such publications as Good Housekeeping and the Chicago Daily News took part in a spaghetti safari. There was no hunting of wild game or shooting at all; in fact, there weren’t even any meatballs. But there was a lot of spaghetti. Or […]

  • Twister

    A 1911 postcard carried this message, “This is how the storm looked [as it] passed over Antler … wrecked a barn and killed one man 1 ½ miles from where I am working. Am doing quite well…Anton.” On the front of the postcard is a picture of the tornado that hit Antler and the surrounding […]

  • Knife River Flint

    During the harvest season, as we watch combines working in the golden fields or trucks driving the dusty highways laden with wheat, barley or sugarbeets, we are reminded of North Dakota’s strong agricultural industry. Indeed, in the minds of many, agriculture is perhaps synonymous with the state. Yet, however important the role of agricultural exports […]

  • Maple Creek Crossing State Historic Site

    While North Dakota is known for its beautiful, yet often dry prairies, the eastern edge of the state is bordered by a series of rivers. For early settlers of the Dakotas, these bodies of water proved to be a significant obstacle for travel, and bridges were simply unavailable. As a result, fords, shallow stretches in […]

  • Zimmerman, Gunn, Dylan

    North Dakota has produced some highly acclaimed musicians over the years. Among them was a Fargo singer named Robert Velline, better known as teen idol Bobby Vee. Velline and his band, The Shadows, got their big break in February 1959, when they filled in for Buddy Holly the night Holly and others lost their lives […]

  • WWII Pilot Rescued

    First Lieutenant Harold Herr lay in his dingy, sunburnt, blistered, thirsty, and hungry. A film had developed over his eyes and he could only make out the outline of objects nearby. He had run out of water about four days ago. His one piece of protection from the Mediterranean sun was a piece of silk […]

  • Fort Rice Buffalo Hunt

    Fort Rice was a new, remote, frontier post along the Missouri River in 1865. The one-year-old post was home to the support troops for the Northwest Indian Expedition under command of General Alfred Sully, and aside from the constant threat of Indian attacks, life at the post was pretty routine. So, it was with some […]

  • Ford Rival

    Owning a car has long been part of the American dream, but during the market crashes and failings of the Great Depression, the car market also took a dive. But America was still the land of opportunity, and the Depression was rife with personal ingenuity. Arvid Evenson, the son of one-time mayor of Halliday, ND, […]

  • William Lemke, Prairie Rebel

    Today is the birthday of William Lemke, who was born to German parents in Minnesota in 1878. As one of nine children, Lemke’s boyhood was spent in the Big Coulee area of Towner County. His aggressive father had already acquired 2,700 acres when he died of a stroke when he was outbid on a piece […]

  • ND Studies

    The North Dakota Studies regional website promotes the teaching of North Dakota history and culture by providing educators and students with free educational materials designed for cross-curricular applications. You will find photographs, maps and other primary documents, well-researched and authoritative articles, as well as audio and video clips on the history, culture, and life of […]

  • False Peace Flash

    On this date in 1945, the nation learned that World War II was over. It was at 9:34 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, that a news flash came from the United Press in New York saying that V-J Day had arrived. Carrying a Washington dateline, the flash was first fed into the UP’s southern wire service […]

  • Lake Johnson

    Today, Lake Johnson sees few visitors. Yet, strategically located along the communication and supply lines between US military forts and the immigrant trail to Montana, Lake Johnson was an important watering hole on the plains of Dakota Territory for much of the 19th century. The area around Lake Johnson was first mapped in 1839 by […]

  • Getting A Car

    People who bought automobiles in the early years were in for a bigger experience than they bargained for. Each car came with a set of tools, but if the owner couldn’t figure out how to use them, there was no mechanic to help him out; the closest thing was the town blacksmith. The first cars […]