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  • Drunk Duck

    When farmer J.B. Withers drained the ethanol-laden coolant from his radiator on this date in 1925, he had no idea what troubles he was pouring on to the ground. An old, generally dignified duck, if such a duck exists, helped him clean up the mess afterward by drinking the mess! However, the old drake got […]

  • The Thing

    On this date in 1951, the Minot Daily News announced that a man by the name of Edward Donahue had just been in Minot for a very special reason. He was from RKO-Radio Productions, and he was looking for a very special place to use as a backdrop for a movie. Donahue was pulled to […]

  • Era Bell Thompson and the Governor

    North Dakota’s most colorful political era was arguably the 1910s and 1920s. Countless books and articles have been written about the Nonpartisan League, Governor Frazier and the nation’s first recall election. But unique among these many works is the autobiography of Era Bell Thompson. Her recollections give modern readers a rare glimpse at the state’s […]

  • Martin Iron Bull

    Martin Iron Bull was born in 1875 and grew up at Cannon Ball on the Standing Rock reservation. Martin and his brother, Four Swords, were trained from a young age to be medicine men in the tradition of their father and grandfather. A WPA worker interviewed him in the 1930s. “My grandfather, Boat Lip, died […]

  • Williamsport

    Every few years it seems another story appears in national headlines announcing the bleak prospects for rural North Dakota. For example, a 2001 Newsweek article waxed poetically about the inevitable death of Bisbee. “Even a strong man can stand for only so long,” author Dirk Johnson wrote. In a more recent National Geographic article, Charles […]

  • Dakota

    There have been numerous attempts to get the North out of North Dakota over the past one hundred and nine years. Legislation has been introduced and petitions have been signed, but to no avail. We’re stuck with North … and on a cold and blustery winter day, it does seem appropriate. On this date in […]

  • Zoo Troubles

    The Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot began in 1920 and among it early inhabitants were two ring-tailed monkeys. The two monkeys were named Adam and Eve, and it was only natural that their first born be named Abel. But on this date in 1926, it was announced that baby Able, the first monkey born at […]

  • Old Settlers’ Organizations

    For the earliest white inhabitants of Dakota Territory, the hardships of frontier living created a unique bond. As the years progressed, and more residents arrived, these first settlers increasingly felt a need to maintain contact with one another, preserve their story or simply differentiate themselves from the new arrivals. The Dakota Territorial Legislature organized the […]

  • Santa Surprise

    Well, it’s the day after Christmas. The presents have all been delivered, the big man himself is home at the North Pole, and Santa suits worn by ‘helpers’ across the country are being returned to their boxes and rental shops, until next year. But on this date in 1913, there was one Santa suit that […]

  • Fargo’s Christmas Grinch

    In the first Christmas Datebook written five years ago, Merry Helm related the story on how Fargo’s first Christmas Tree had been stolen from a boxcar on the sidetrack in front of the Headquarters Hotel. The Grinch-like suspects in this despicable deed were none other than Jack O’Neil, Sallie O’Neil and Dave Mullen, and they, […]

  • Sheridan County

    Philip Henry Sheridan is often remembered as one of the great Union generals of the Civil War. Yet the vast majority of his military career was spent in connection with the expanding frontier. Sheridan was named commander of the Division of the Missouri four years after the Civil War. He was now the nation’s second-ranking […]

  • The Golden Goose

    Once upon a time a farmer and his wife had a goose that laid one golden egg every day. To hasten their wealth, the farmer and his wife killed the goose to obtain all of the golden eggs at once, but there were no golden eggs inside. So, according to Aesop, to kill and butcher […]

  • Billiards

    Conman Professor Harold Hill of The Music Man warned the good people of Iowa to watch out for the dangers a pool table can wreak on youth. And if a pool table is a source of Trouble with a capital “T” in River City, then what about billiards? Well, that’s a different story, for one […]

  • War Zone Golf Balls

    For many golfers, a hole-in-one is the ultimate shot in golf, and the golf ball becomes a prized possession. To part with such a treasure would be almost unthinkable. During World War II, the production of golf balls was suspended, and so donated golf balls were being sent overseas to servicemen around the world. A […]

  • Homeward Bound

    In the fall of 1923, Mr. and Mrs. Runyon started a new life. They loaded up their 8-year-old Scotch Collie dog and drove from Oriska to Los Angeles, where they set up house. They lived there quite happily for the next two to three months. Then one day, the Runyons woke to find the dog […]

  • Devils Lake Ski Jump

    Did you ever wish that you could fly without wings? In the 1930s all you really needed was a pair of skis and the Devils Lake Ski Jump. A veteran skier from Minneapolis once got to the take-off point and shouted, “My God!” as he could scarcely believe the distance to the valley below. A […]

  • Dickinson Clay Products Company

    Shortly before the turn of the 20th century, a UND biology professor and his brother purchased an old brick plant near Dickinson and turned it into one of the state’s premier brick plants. Producing high quality fire brick and face brick, the Dickinson Fire and Pressed Brick Company employed up to 30 men, but it […]

  • What About Bob

    Bob Watson was something of a mystery citizen. No one knew him when he first moved to Mandan in 1925. He was slight—perhaps in some ways a little too thin—but cheerful. He was interesting, too—perhaps because of his experiences. He secured a job at the Nigey hotel as a clerk. Bob worked there for six […]

  • Mrs. Byron Wilde

    What do James Russell Lowell, Edward Greenleaf Whittier and Longfellow all have in common? Apart from being renowned poets, they all had the pleasure of sharing company with Wild – no, not playwright Oscar Wilde – but Wild Rose, also known as Anna Dawson, a young Boston socialite and a member of the Three Affiliated […]

  • Capitol Custodian

    North Dakota government is staffed with various public officials created by constitutional or legislative processes, and these positions are normally filled by appointment, by election or by personal application, with selection made through a supervising committee. Seldom does the Legislature create a position and actually name the individual to assume it. The Board of Administration […]