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  • Photo Faux Pas

    The Fargo Forum created national headlines on this date in 1936, when it announced the use of faked photographs by FDR’s Information Division to illustrate the terrible effects of the dustbowl in rural America. The Information Division was part of the Farm Security Administration, an agency created by Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation.  The agency, responsible [...]

  • United States Marine Band

    On this date in 1947, Mrs. George D. Mann, publisher of the Bismarck Tribune, announced that the newspaper would sponsor two performances in Bismarck by the United States Marine band, “The President’s Own.”   The United States Marine band was established in 1798 by an act of Congress, and today it is “America’s oldest continuously [...]

  • Legendary

    We all know the power of advertising. Branding yourself is an important business strategy. Advertising can be very positive, but it can also be negative…the difference between North Dakota being “Legendary” and North Dakota being known for its number of small towns, for instance. Unfortunately, in 1921, it seemed some residents felt that recent ad [...]

  • KKK in North Dakota part 1

    The study of history can be fascinating, fun, and enlightening. Sometimes it can also be disheartening. It was right about this time of year in 1921 that organizers from the Ku Klux Klan moved from South Dakota into North Dakota to get ready for their opening meeting in Larimore on September 7th. The Klan had [...]

  • KKK in North Dakota part 2

    If you tuned in yesterday, you learned that the Ku Klux Klan had a significant presence in our state. F. Halsey Ambrose, a Presbyterian minister, mobilized his masses to discriminate, especially against Catholics and members of the Nonpartisan League. People in the North Dakota group were not usually violent, but since they weren’t a group [...]

  • North Dakota Climate

    Did you know that parts of North Dakota have the widest temperature range in the world outside of Siberia? That’s why when North Dakotans go just about anywhere else, they can impress the people with tales of frightful cold and stifling heat. And September is one of our strangest months; heat is left over from [...]

  • Reciprocity with Canada

    On this date in 1892, Fargo North Dakota adjourned an important international conference. Today, reciprocity, or “the practice of exchanging things for mutual benefit,” seems an obvious thing to do with our northern neighbors in Canada, but back then, there were still some hard feelings left over from Great Britain’s unofficial support for the South [...]

  • Bank Robbers in Arthur

    Arthur is a typical small town in North Dakota. The kind of place where everyone knows their neighbors, people look out for each other, and life is quiet and good. However, in September of 1933, the First State Bank of Arthur was robbed. And that was the talk of the town. Two men entered the [...]

  • Oil History

    It’s impossible to live in North Dakota today without hearing a lot about oil. Our “black gold” boom has seriously changed the makeup of western North Dakota. Some people are making a lot more money, some are making less, and workers are flowing into the state. North Dakota has a long history of profiting off [...]

  • Delivering a Belt to the Depression

    It was a grandiose project, but in the midst of the Great Depression, the citizens of North Dakota, as well as the rest of the nation, were willing to do anything to alleviate the hardships of those years. The latest plan that would help provide jobs and prevent future droughts was to plant a 100-mile [...]

  • Justina Beglau: Pioneer Mother

    On this date in 1869, Justina Fisher was born in Tarutino, Bessarabien, in South Russia. When Justina was sixteen, she came to America with her parents, arriving in Scotland, South Dakota. A year later, in 1885, Justina followed her parents north, to a homestead in the hills twenty miles south of present day Kulm, North [...]

  • Heartbreak Ridge

    A bloody battle was raging during the Korean War in September 1951. Americans back home thought only South Koreans were fighting at this time, but war correspondents learned that nearly a thousand Americans had become casualties after two weeks of fighting for three remote mountains in southeast North Korea. Reporters named these rugged peaks Heartbreak [...]

  • Miss FarMor

    The Community Welfare Association was started in Fargo in 1927 to coordinate a community-wide effort to help meet human service needs. Its name was changed to the United Fund of Fargo in 1957, and then in 1964, it became the United Fund of Fargo-Moorhead. In the summer of 1966, employee Jim Backus came up with [...]

  • Motorless Lizzie

    A “motorless lizzie” visited the state on this day in 1927. The lizzie was a motorless car, that is, an old wreck of an automobile lacking an engine. Beneath the hood, the car had instead a shelf with three small suitcases. The pilots of the motorless vehicle were Frank J. Elliot and George A. Scott [...]

  • Lynn Joseph Frazier

    Avid Dakota Datebook fans and history buffs will remember the political force of Former North Dakota Governor Lynn Joseph Frazier. Frazier was born near Medford, Minnesota, on December 21, 1874. He moved to Dakota Territory in 1881 with his parents, who homesteaded in Pembina County. Frazier graduated from Mayville State Normal School in 1895, and [...]

  • Fred Neamier Dropped His Roll

    The headline read “Dropped His Roll: Fred Neamier Runs up Against a Sure Thing Game and Drops $40.”   According to the Fargo Daily Forum and Republican on this date (September 11) in 1895, “Fred Neamier, a green looking Norwegian boy reported to Chief Barnes this morning that he had been buncoed out of $40 [...]

  • Kenmare

    In 1958, it was reported that the Kenmare Association of Commerce had overwhelmingly voted to begin restoring a 50-year-old grain-grinding windmill located 11 miles north of Kenmare. The committee approved purchase of the mill, and authorized appointment of a committee to work with the State Historical Society of North Dakota under the direction of Russell [...]

  • Frank Zahn

    Frank Zahn is a well-known name in North Dakota’s history. Zahn, also called Chief Flying Cloud, was born on May 4, 1890, to William Zahn, a man who served under Reno in Custer’s 7th Cavalry, and to an Indian Princess, Kezewin Flying Cloud, who was related to Sitting Bull. William Zahn had a trading post [...]

  • Chief Rain-in-the-Face

    The noted Hunkpapa Lakota warrior, Rain-in-the-Face, died at his home on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota on this date in 1905. His name was one that often carried terror with it, and he was among the Indian leaders who defeated Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer and the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment at the [...]

  • Newspaper Fiction

    Long before Dakota Datebook, small town newspapers were the source of interesting information for state events. However, slow news days could create interesting, but highly suspicious news. This week in 1907, the Starkweather Times reported that a farmer west of town wanted to remove a rock, so he fetched a stick of dynamite. He set [...]