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  • Sub Surface Packer

    When settlers began to make their way to the Great Plains and other semi-arid areas, they faced many issues, but especially for the vast array of farmers, the often dry climate was a major one. As more and more land was settled, people experimented with methods to make farming easier and more productive in dry […]

  • Hearse Last Ride

    In its prime, the first hearse belonging to the city of Hebron was somber and stately. It was decorated with carvings and draperies and tassels, and was pulled by two black horses, covered in huge black tapestries. For forty years, the hearse served its purpose, carrying the mortal remains of beloved family and friends to […]

  • Bum Steer

    It occasionally happens that animals wander off their farms. Usually, the lost animals have merely slipped out and are roaming the countryside. However, on this date in 1919, the young, stray steer of Henry Fisher of Dickinson, was found, not on the pastoral fields surrounding the city, but trapped in an old granary. The steer […]

  • Minnie H. Gavel

    Fort Totten was established on the south shore of Devils Lake in 1867 and the City of Devils Lake was established on the north shore in 1883 under speculation that the Great Northern Railroad would be running a track into this area. Although the distance between these two points was approximately eleven miles, an overland […]

  • Great Future for North Dakota

    On February 28, 1910, railroad giant James J. Hill was invited to address the people of Williston at a town meeting. Though the busy entrepreneur was unable to attend in person, he sent an inspiring speech to be read on his behalf. On this date in 1910, the White Earth Record printed Hill’s glowing speech […]

  • Joseph Bell DeRemer

    A leisurely drive through downtown Grand Forks showcases some of the city’s most unique and interesting architecture. There is the Art Deco-style United Lutheran Church, on the corner of Chestnut Street and 4th Avenue. The old Presbyterian Church, with its Greek Revival style, looms like a castle, complete with gargoyles, at the corner of 5th […]

  • Still a Hero

    When Mrs. Earl Schaefer had to run errands one day in 1933 in Killdeer, she didn’t give a second thought to leaving her four-year-old daughter Hazel at home with her one-year-old daughter Florence. It happened from time to time that they were left alone at home together; their father worked at a coal mine, and […]

  • Thomas Saunders

    The vast stretches of unclaimed prairie land in Dakota Territory beckoned many a hearty soul in the frontier days, and the Saunders family of Richmond, Virginia, were among these early settlers. On this date in 1886, Thomas Saunders began the journey west with his family when he was nine years old, so that his father […]

  • Lambing

    Lambing can be a tricky business. Nearly 20 percent of lambs die before they are weaned, most within the first ten days. The climate can play a major role in these deaths, and although lambing can take place early in the year, it is more common in the warmer springtime. So in 1936, shepherds watched […]

  • AIM Siege

    Two hundred members of the American Indian Movement took over the small village of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on this date in 1973. The group, led by Dennis Banks, Russell Means, and North Dakotan Leonard Peltier, chose the village due to its historic significance as the site of the last major skirmish between Native Americans […]

  • ATO Quarantine

    When a communicable disease strikes, one strategy is to keep it contained. And when people live in close proximity, such as on a college campus, quarantine has even been used. So in 1937, when two North Dakota boys at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house in Fargo were discovered to have scarlet fever, the fifteen […]

  • Military Service

    In the summer of 1894, a group of North Dakota soldiers from the First Infantry Regiment of the North Dakota National Guard sat idly, waiting for a train to pick them up at their training camp in Jamestown and take them home. But no train would come, for the American Railroad Union, under the direction […]

  • Fugitive in Ambrose

    On one moonlit night in February of 1911, a young man by the name of Will Miller broke into the local drug store in Ambrose. As Miller crept through the store in search of valuable items, a marshal on patrol caught sight of his shadowy figure in the store window and arrested the burglar before […]

  • Skip Holm – Part 2

    Today we continue the story of Skip Holm, decorated fighter pilot from North Dakota, born this week in 1944. Holm flew 163 combat missions in the F-105 Thunderbird over Vietnam. Then, as the F-105s were phased out, he moved to the F-4E Phantom fighter for another 189 missions before completing his third tour in 1971. […]

  • Skip Holm

    On this date in 1944, James and Esther Holm were blessed with the birth of a son. From an early age, Skip, as he was known, became increasingly interested in flying, whether a result of a small beanie with a propeller on top that he constantly wore or from watching the eagles and hawks soar […]

  • License Slogans

    In 1951, North Dakota was looking for ideas for a license plate slogan. Something fresh, something that would sum up the state. People wrote in to the Bismarck Tribune with their ideas: “Wheat is Our Gold;” “Hunter’s Paradise;” “North Dakota, the Flickertail State.” However, a man from Beulah, E. P. Boland, seemed to have the […]

  • Disrupted Rail Lines

    The winter of 1935-36 was particularly harsh across the nation. In Fargo, for example, the temperature remained below zero for thirty-seven straight days. A blizzard swept through the state that February, and it wasn’t until four days later, on this date, that a train was sent to clear the path between Valley City and McHenry. […]

  • Grasshoppers: Mother Necessity

    They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Such was the case during the 1930s, when our agricultural state, and others, worked to combat the destruction of grasshoppers. The insects came on like a plague, wreaking havoc on almost everything in sight. They ate the crops, the grass, the weeds; the wash, if it […]

  • The Pest of North Dakota

    In Italy, it is known as Barba di Frate. In Japan, it’s a crop of some importance, and is known as okahijiki. The leaves and shoots of the Salsola genus can be used in sushi or in salads. But, regardless of culinary taste, North Dakotans think of this large flowering plant as nothing more than […]

  • Lake Jessie

    When, in 1824, Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri saw his newborn daughter for the first time, he was a bit disappointed. She wasn’t the boy he was hoping for. However his disappointment soon abated. Dubbed Jessie, in honor of Benton’s father, the two developed a special bond. Raised more like a son than a […]