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  • Early Oologists

    By the 1890s, Stump Lake in northeast North Dakota was a Mecca for waterfowl hunters, and a magnificent 3-story hotel called the Wamduska House provided room and board to hunters from as far away as New York City. Oologists, too, found the area ripe for the picking. What’s an oologist, you ask? That’s a person […]

  • Cloud Seeding

    August in far western North Dakota brings to mind a vision of hot summer breezes, 90 degree temperatures, and dry prairie grasses.  But due to the North Dakota Cloud Modification Project, farmers in the area aren’t completely at the mercy of Mother Nature. Six counties in western North Dakota – Bowman, McKenzie, Mountrail, Ward, Williams […]

  • Black Hills Expedition of 1874

    On this date in 1874, reports of Lieutenant Colonel Custer’s Black Hills Expedition were pouring into Bismarck.  The newspapers delighted in printing fantastic tales about what the explorers found in the Southern Dakota Territory.  For example, the Bismarck Tribune compared the Black Hills to the lost city of El Dorado, claiming that the land was […]

  • The Great Gold-Mining Gamco

    In August of 1932, the home of Dr. J.A. Prescott was filled with eager visitors who came to witness the demonstration of a revolutionary new machine.  After more than ten years of experimentation, Dr. Prescott successfully completed a machine-operated placer mining device called a “gamco.”  On this date in 1932, the Stutsman County Record announced […]

  • Electric Wheelchair Test

    In August of 1947, North Dakotans walking the streets of Devils Lake were treated to a curious sight.  An elderly man rolled leisurely down the street in what appeared to be an oversized tricycle, as a vigilant patrol man watched his every move.  The three-wheeled contraption had no pedals and operated instead on an electric […]

  • John James Audubon

    In 1843, naturalist John James Audubon spent the summer at Fort Union collecting mammal specimens.  Until his departure from the region on this date, it was up to the fort superintendent, Alexander Culbertson, to ensure Audubon’s visit was a success. Shortly after arriving, Culbertson promised to secure a wolf for his visitor.  Within hours, one […]

  • Buffalo Creek State Historic Site

    It was on this date in 1863 that General Sibley, along with a US Army force over 3,000 strong, crossed Buffalo Creek in present-day west-central Cass County. Travelling to Fort Abercrombie, Sibley’s campaign against those Dakota believed responsible for a series of attacks in Minnesota the year before was coming to an end.  His army […]

  • Henry Suto

    On this date in 1945, President Truman announced on national radio the unconditional surrender of Japan.  His message, signaling the end of World War II, was met with wild jubilation across the country.  But for one former North Dakotan, the news was bittersweet. Henry Eiichi Suto was born in February of 1928 in Minot, North […]

  • Ethel Roosevelt Derby’s Trip

    The Dakota Badlands played an important role in Theodore Roosevelt’s life.  He often said he never would have been President had it not been for his experiences in Dakota Territory.  But what may be surprising is the immense role the Dakota Badlands also played in the lives of Roosevelt’s children.  None of Roosevelt’s six children […]

  • First Celebration in Almont

    On this day in 1906, the town of Almont prepared for its first celebration. Named after the buttes in the area, and laid out according to the railroad lines, the new town of Almont was built in just five weeks. Citizens of Almont and its visitors were amazed to see prairie pasture land transformed into […]

  • Road Rage in the Old West

    In the news today, we often hear about car accidents on the highway – from minor fender benders to serious multiple car pile-ups.  Though modern cars have caused many accidents, the stagecoaches of the old west had their fair share of calamities too, such as broken wheels, tipping coaches, and runaway horses.  On this date […]

  • What Lies Beneath the Lakes of North Dakota

    Sixty-four years ago, the federal government anticipated a great series of floods to occur over the next few decades-floods that threatened to sweep away thousands of years of North Dakota history.  Only these floods were not natural disasters.  They were a planned part of federal water resource development programs.  In 1945, the federal government began […]

  • Motto to Remember

    Towner got a new fire truck in 1923.  It was a beauty, as good as any in the larger cities, and although fires were a serious business, the firemen were anxious to try it out.  They even considered lighting up some garbage for its trial run. In the meantime, the fire superintendent decided it would […]

  • Dustin Hoffman, Director

    The Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre staged its first production, My Sister Aileen, in 1946, and until getting permanent facilities in 1967, they staged their shows wherever they could. In 1963, an east coast actor was hired to direct two of their plays, at least one of which was produced in the Red River Playhouse. In […]

  • Getting a Car

    People who bought automobiles in the early years were in for a bigger experience than they bargained for. Each car came with a set of tools, but if the owner couldn’t figure out how to use them, there was no mechanic to help him out; the closest thing was the town blacksmith. The first cars […]

  • Mary Jane

    It was announced around this date in 1967 that certain citizens of Bismarck were embracing a newly arrived guest to the Capitol city.  This famous guest was known by many names:  Mary Jane, grass, weed, hemp, pot … all referring to marijuana. Highly contested then, as it is now, the appearance of pot caused an […]

  • Where is Pembina?

    In 1816, Congress passed a law that stated, “Licenses to trade with the Indians within the territorial limits of the United States shall not be granted to any but citizens of the United States unless by express direction of the President.” The law didn’t apply to the traders in the north and eastern sections of […]

  • Otto Von Bismarck

    Many cities and towns of North Dakota have been named after celebrated figures that once inhabited the wild plains of the state.  Yet oddly enough, North Dakota’s own capitol bears the name of a European man who never once set foot in America’s western frontier:  Prince Otto von Bismarck.  You may wonder why the city […]

  • A Finnish Native American

    The great Sioux leader Sitting Bull is a legendary figure in American history remembered for his powerful leadership and his fateful battle with Custer.  While Sitting Bull’s name is etched into the American memory, his legacy reaches far beyond the Great Plains, even into the snowy regions of Finland where one man was so awed […]

  • Peggy Lee Salutes ND

    Peggy Lee, born Norma Egstrom in Jamestown in 1920, rose to stardom through her trademark sultry, husky voice.  However, Lee was more than a voice, and she soon became known for her songwriting, as well. She and husband David Barbour composed many songs together.  On this date in 1948, they performed one of their tunes-a […]