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  • Bubonic Plague Scare

    As hyperbolic newspaper headlines go, this was a doozy. It even took precedence over the electrifying stories about Nazi threats and Russian and Japanese military attacks. Readers of the daily Jamestown Sun on August 7, 1941 were greeted with a top-of-the-fold, bold face headline in capital letters screaming: BUBONIC PLAGUE FOUND IN NORTH DAKOTA.   [...]

  • World Tournament of Horseshoes

    The 1967 World Tournament of Horseshoe Pitching concluded on this date in Fargo. Considered one of the most exciting tournaments in the history of the sport, the games were attended by 26,000 spectators. Will Gullickson, a sports writer for the Fargo Forum, helped to organize and promote the ten-day event. For his efforts, he was [...]

  • Belfield Golf

    Golf was in the air on this date in 1933, as the golf course in Belfield was under repair, and the golf club, which had recently started up again, needed more members to help cover the expenses. The secretary of the club tried to get a Scottish friend to become a member. The man said [...]

  • The Lottery

    Gambling goes back to ancient times, but in the State of North Dakota it only goes back to 1976. Previously, an amendment to the State Constitution in November of 1894 had banned any form of gambling. Of course that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t any gambling in the state. Raffles as well as other games [...]

  • Spanish Dakota

    Did you know that much of North Dakota was once a Spanish possession? From the time Spanish forces took possession of St. Louis on this date in 1768, until Spain struck a secret agreement with France in 1800, all of New France, including what would become North Dakota, was under Spanish authority. France was forced [...]

  • Lady Homesteader

    We often hear stories of the arduous journey and the struggle to obtain a homestead, but that wasn’t always the case. On this date in 1892, the tale is told of a young lady from Sweden who arrived in Bismarck on the train. She proceeded to the office of the Clerk of Court and filed [...]

  • Land Offices

    Today’s influx of oil pioneers in the Western part of the state is reminiscent of the immigrants to this area approximately one hundred years ago. While the modern migration is concerned with the development of minerals beneath the ground, the earlier immigrants were hopeful of developing the immense opportunities that awaited on the fertile land [...]

  • Frank Ingalls

    The Northern Pacific Missouri River Bridge at Bismarck has stood for almost one hundred and thirty years. It has beaten back all that the mighty river has thrown against it, withstanding floods, ice jams and eroded embankments. The bridge was designed and the building of it overseen by George Morrison. But for one man, Frank [...]

  • A Final Kamikaze Mission

    When we think on the last few days of World War II most people will think of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And looking back with the benefit of hindsight it seems quite natural that Japan would fall in 1945; the country was out-manned, out-gunned, and out-produced. Yet before the Enola Gay dropped [...]

  • Joseph Dodge

    In the spring of 1937, R. L. Melville, while walking along Apple Creek south of Bismarck, found an old axe, hobbles made of iron for a horse or mule, and some links for a log chain. But it was a rusty old branding iron buried in the sand that caught his attention. The brand had [...]

  • Bismarck Bachelors Club

    As the frontier pushed westward, the majority of those who participated were young men or married men with families. Few single women took up the challenge, so there was an extremely high ratio of single men to single women. On this date in 1883, John T. Steen of Bismarck, himself a married man who had [...]

  • Grandson of Sitting Bull

    Sitting Bull and his band left the reservation in the 1870s. As Medicine Man, he was the spiritual leader who wished for a better life for his tribe. After the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Sitting Bull was hounded by the federal government and returned to the reservation. Almost one hundred years later, Frank [...]

  • First Battle of New Ulm

    A large party of Dakota Sioux attacked New Ulm, Minnesota, on this date in 1862 and began a siege of the small prairie outpost.  The attack was one of the first battles of the Dakota War of 1862, in which nearly 800 settlers were killed in eastern Dakota Territory and western Minnesota. The Sioux, facing [...]

  • Sonic Booms

    North Dakota had a larger role than most people realize during the Cold War fever that swept the country. Missile facilities existed throughout the state, such as the Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility and the November-33 Launch Facility, which make up the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site. Citizens served in various functions throughout the [...]

  • Bottineau County Tornadoes of 1911

    On this date in 1911, the citizens of Antler, Sherwood, Westhope, and the surrounding communities were calculating their losses after a series of deadly tornadoes. Downed wires made the news of casualties and losses slow to spread. Speculation and miscommunication lead to widely differing tallies, as well as cases of mistaken identity. Martin Fryberg, a [...]

  • Long Lake

    Long Lake, located near Moffit, is up to two miles wide and sixteen miles long. It is a refuge, containing 22,300 acres.   It had been designated a federal game refuge in 1932, against the recommendations of some Burleigh county sportsmen. And on this date that year, the lake was in trouble, and the local [...]

  • Gallivanting Grandma

    A recent study done by Transportation for America projects that in a few years, more than 15.5 million Americans age 65 and older will live in communities where public transportation service is poor or non-existent. As the population ages, getting from point A to point B can become more difficult. But a lack of transportation [...]

  • Carnegie

    Faithful followers of Dakota Datebook may remember that several libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie were established in North Dakota. Some questioned the manner behind his money-making prowess or his reputation as a ruthless businessman, but Andrew Carnegie nonetheless founded 2,509 libraries throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Of these, 1,679 [...]

  • Pay It Forward Day

    Three years ago, Governor John Hoeven proclaimed August 25th Pay it Forward Day in North Dakota.  The proclamation was made to honor the social service commitments of Ottertail Power Company and to encourage others to follow that example. Hoeven was on hand to help dedicate a greenhouse Ottertail helped construct at the Anne Carlsen Center [...]

  • First Plane Fatality

    North Dakota’s earliest recorded airplane fatality occurred on this date in 1919, when a small plane went down near Sutton.  Piloted by Lieutenant Edward Axberg of Enderlin, the plane was flying at 1200 feet before crashing into a field.  Axberg and his friend, nineteen-year old Brian Karr from Jamestown, had spent the afternoon performing stunts, [...]