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  • We’re Not Spies

    When World War I broke out, a large number of North Dakotans still had fairly strong ties to the old country. At this time in 1916, the Bismarck Tribune published a story that showed the lengths to which some had to go to prove they weren’t spies for the enemy: “The North Dakota railroad commission [...]

  • Operatic Cowboy

    William Medora Pruitt was known as “Bill Proot” in 1913, when he was making his way east to New York. A scout for Henry W. Savage, a New York stage and film producer, had “discovered” Pruitt while the cowboy was entertaining at Glacier Park. Pruitt sang at a party hosted by Louis W. Hill, president [...]

  • Patricide on the Prairie

    Today’s story is not a comforting one. It’s about an uncommon crime – patricide. While it’s not terribly unusual for children to kill their parents, the instances of girls killing their fathers is much lower. On the evening of April 28, 1930, officials were in Anamoose, 60 miles southeast of Minot, investigating North Dakota’s fourth [...]

  • Wilton Hold-Up

    The First National Bank of Wilton was held-up by three armed men on this date in 1931. The heist was the sixth attempted bank robbery of the year for the area, but, the Wilton News added, “Robberies this year have not been profitable for the bank bandits.” Evidence of this may be seen in the [...]

  • Fuel on the Prairie

    Concordia College Professor, Barbara Witteman, wrote “Prairie in Her Heart: Pioneer Women of North Dakota” in 2001. Today we bring you an excerpt that focuses on early cookstoves. . . Once shelter had been established, food and food preparation were high priorities. Every dwelling on the prairie had a stove. It was the most important [...]

  • UND Glory Boys

    On this day in 1966, UND defeated Parsons 42-24, in the Pecan Bowl, to win the conference championship. UND linebacker Roger Bonk earned the Associated Press Little All-American honor – UND’s first – and quarterback Corey Colehour received an honorable mention. Seven members of the team earned all-conference honors and five went on to play [...]

  • UND Med School

    North Dakota Public Radio would like to wish the University of North Dakota a special happy birthday! UND’s medical school is 100 years old this year. Back in the planning stages, a university bulletin announced more than 50 young men and women were forced to leave the state in order to secure even the first [...]

  • Mission Life

    Between 1860 and 1900, eastern churches were intent on bringing the Christian religion to the western Native American tribes. Churches recruited missionaries and raised money for setting up missions, which consisted of a gathering place, housing for the workers and then, hopefully, a school. Prior to the time of Indian reservations, missionaries serving nomadic tribes [...]

  • Burleigh Spalding

    Burleigh F. Spaulding was born in Vermont on this date in 1853. He was a congressman from North Dakota from 1899 to 1905 and later served on the ND Supreme Court. Spaulding was one of the commissioners appointed to select a new location for the capitol of Dakota Territory after it was spirited away from [...]

  • Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull

    On this date in 1890, the Bismarck Daily Tribune ran a story about Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull, who at one time worked together in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. The story read: Buffalo Bill and party return from Standing Rock without the Sioux chief. “Buffalo Bill, Dr. Powell and Pony Bob returned to Mandan [...]

  • Inmate School

    Inmates at the Bismarck prison made the news in December 1914 but not because they were causing trouble. They had decided they needed more education. The Bismarck Daily Tribune reported, “…prisoners at the State Penitentiary took the initiative in the matter of attempting to secure a school in which they could improve their time of [...]

  • Verne Miller, Part 2

    Yesterday we brought you part 1 of a story about Verne Miller, a war hero who served with the ND National Guard in WWI. He was clean cut, tall, and blond with chiseled features. When he came home, he became a policeman and was then elected sheriff. But, in July 1922, he was found to [...]

  • Hero Turns Outlaw

    If you’re a regular listener of our program, you’ve heard a number of stories related to the ND 164th Infantry Regiment. Today’s story is about a veteran of the 164th who, like others, came home a war hero. But unlike others, Verne Miller took a drastically wrong turn. In fact, he became one of the [...]

  • Angel of the Prairies

    Anna Shatswell was born in Vienna, Austria, on this date in 1875. She immigrated with her family to New Ulm, MN, when she was 13. Shatswell wanted to pursue a career in nursing, so she studied in San Francisco and practiced in St. Paul before coming to Devils Lake in 1906. There, she was among [...]

  • Magic City Beginnings

    Minot was founded in 1886 and, because it expanded so quickly, was quickly dubbed the “Magic City.” It was named for Henry Davis Minot, a director of the Great Northern Railroad. Ironically, Minot died in a train wreck just four years later at the age of 31. Minot was incorporated as a city the year [...]

  • Eric Sevareid

    Eric Sevareid was born on this date in 1912 and grew up in Velva, ND. He became legendary for his journalistic essays first on the radio and then on the CBS Evening News. Sevareid was a protégé of Edward R Murrow, and he was condemning Senator McCarthy’s reign of terror long before Murrow took the [...]

  • Justice Guy Corliss

    Guy Carlton Haines Corliss, son of Cyrus and Clarinda Corliss – sounds like he was from a house of royalty. But, he wasn’t. Guy Corliss was born on July 4, 1858, in Poughkeepsie, NY. He studied at home, entered high school at age 11 and graduated when he was 15. He couldn’t afford college, so [...]

  • Sunrise Ranch Lighthouse

    Seventeen miles southwest of Mandan, nestled in the bottomlands of the Heart River, is a ranch called the Sunrise. It started as a 160-acre homestead, filed in 1883, by a Swedish immigrant named Magnus Nelson. Two years ago, the Nelson Sunrise Ranch was inducted into the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame in the ranching category. [...]

  • Floyd Stone, POW/Silver Star

    The Korean War has come to be called America’s Forgotten War for several reasons. Primarily, World War II and Vietnam have overshadowed it, but there was also an element of denial involved. Retired Army Major James T. Cooper of Albuquerque says, “This war was called a ‘Police Action,’ because we had just finished WWII, and [...]

  • Illegal German School

    Segregation, racism, religious differences – issues such as these have not typically been common within North Dakota schools. But they have existed in different forms during the state’s history. One high-profile case erupted in the town of Expansion, a tiny port on the Missouri River that never got beyond a population of 75. The townsite [...]