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  • Dairy Farmers Take on Filipino Monkeys

    The annual North Dakota Dairymen’s convention opened in Bismarck on this date in 1930. The day was cold and blustery, so attendance wasn’t as high as anticipated. Too bad, because the group was facing a crisis: too much butter. Dairy farmers were badly demoralized in 1930, and various speakers laid the blame on two sources: […]

  • Fords Theater

    As Abraham Lincoln watched the theatre stage, John Wilkes Booth crept from the shadows behind, drew his derringer pistol, and fired. Mortally wounded, the president slumped forward, never to regain consciousness. Over the next century, controversy surrounded the site of Lincoln’s assassination. Some wanted Ford’s Theater to stand as a tribute to Lincoln’s life or […]

  • North Dakota 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 […]

  • Old Oak Tree

    John Keats once said of oak trees: “Those green-robed senators of mighty woods, Tall oaks, branch-charmed by the earnest stars, Dream, and so dream all night without a stir.” The oak, great and old, stands longer than the lives of men, contented to its lot in life. It is a tree often referred to in […]

  • Nurses Draft

    In January of 1945, President Franklin Delenor Roosevelt shocked many Americans when he announced the dire shortage of Army and Navy nurses. In the midst of the Second World War, the Army Nurse Corps spent eight months in 1944 trying to recruit an additional 10,000 volunteers, but only managed to enlist 2,000. President Roosevelt addressed […]

  • Griffons Gang Broken Up

    On this date in 1956, Police Chief D. F. Schoeneman told The Bismarck Tribune his department had broken up a juvenile gang called the Griffons. They were also investigating reports of several other gangs operating in the Bismarck area. The Griffons’ symbol was a depiction of a mythical creature – half lion and half eagle. […]

  • Kurke & Associates

    When William F. Kurke passed away on this date in 1965, North Dakota lost one its most influential architects. In 1913, William Kurke founded the architectural firm, Kurke and Associates, in Fargo. Over the next half century, he designed familiar landmarks throughout North Dakota, including the Liberty Memorial Building and the Cathedral of the Holy […]

  • Helpful Peeping Tom

    In 1908 in Devils Lake, Christ Dahl, one of the owners of the I X L clothing store, and Ed Thompson, a painter, had come to a conclusion. They needed money. So, they came up with a plan to help make ready their road to riches. It was not exactly legal, but it was, apparently, […]

  • The Governorship of Elmore Sarles

    It was this date in 1859 that Elmore Yocum Sarles, the future governor of North Dakota, was born in Wonewoc, Wisconsin. The young Sarles did not stay long in Wonewoc, but attended school in Prescott, Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school with four other future state governors. Following a single year at University, Sarles […]

  • Death Certificate

    As the old saying goes, there are two things you can be sure of, death and taxes. Well, perhaps. Felix Renville of Fort Yates was a student at Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota when he enlisted in the army in April of 1917. His grandfather, Gabriel Renville, served as chief of scouts for General […]

  • Holger Cahill

    On this day in 1887, Sveinn Kristjan Bjarnarsson was born in Skogarstrond, Iceland. For those familiar with the art world, he is far better known as Holger Cahill. Life was not easy for Sveinn and his family. After a move from their native country of Iceland to Western Canada, they later settled in the upper […]

  • Nash Finch

    As we gathered together with friends and family this past holiday season, many of us enjoyed the inevitable feast; pumpkin pie, turkey, sweet potatoes, green-bean casserole, sweet corn and ham. But, as we went through the grocery store picking up the needed items for these elaborate meals, few of us stopped to think about how […]

  • Green Box Mystery

    In Bismarck, on the second floor of the Bank of North Dakota, sat a big green box-a locked steel filing case. No one knew what the box held, if it held anything. However, on this date in 1922, the mystery was solved. As it turned out, the “big green box” held a propaganda mailing list […]

  • Fire Delivery

    On this date in 1951, it was reported that the Devils Lake firemen received a special delivery they did not expect. Mike Eresman and Paul Ringstrom were driving a two-ton truck from the Seven-Up bottling Company back from Rolette when the back of their vehicle caught on fire. They traveled on unaware, until suddenly they […]

  • The Other Cathedral Car

    Religion has always played an important role throughout the history of North Dakota. As early as 1780, Jesuit missionaries were administering to the inhabitants of the Red River Valley. When the area was settled in the Nineteenth Century, the religious practices of these immigrants came with them, and churches were built in the larger communities […]

  • A Lie

    In 1929, a town in Wisconsin gave birth to a very unusual organization that still exists to this day: the Burlington Liars’ club. The idea originated with Manuel Hahn, a newspaper correspondent, in response to a lack of news one January, as Manuel later wrote: “I was …free-lancing – a euphemism for starving genteelly. …I […]

  • Jens Dixons School

    Danish settlements were founded across North Dakota, but the largest and best-known were in the northwest portion of the state. By 1910, this region held one-quarter of all Danes in North Dakota. Their presence remains highly visible even today. Names like Denmark Township leave little doubt as to its original occupants, and the Danish windmill […]

  • Governor Frank Briggs

    It was this day, January 6, 1897 that Frank Briggs was sworn in as North Dakota’s fifth governor. But his tenure … as we’re about to hear … would prove tragically brief. Frank Arlington Briggs was born on September 15, 1858 to a successful carpenter in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Following school, Briggs’ entered the newspaper […]

  • Todd vs. Jayne

    If you tuned in last month, you heard about the election of John Todd as Dakota Territory’s first Congressional delegate. It had been an easy victory for Todd. He had established business interests in Dakota Territory and a cousin in the White House, Mary Todd Lincoln. But his victory was short-lived. Less than a year […]

  • Trousers to Pants

    On this date in 1890, the Bismarck Daily Tribune reported on a national fashion debate concerning what to call the garment that covered men’s legs. Some argued for the traditional term “trousers,” which they said came from the French word trousse: a bundle or a bunching about the hips. Some felt it was a British […]