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  • Bite Fight

    The Fargo Forum reported a curious incident out of Fessenden, North Dakota, on this date in 1899. One father’s jealous rage led to a nasty incident there between two men at the Fessenden Hotel. The two men, George Parker and Ned Roman, appeared to have been vying for the attention of Parker’s daughter, Sadie. Sadie, […]

  • James S. Green

    Senator James S. Green of Missouri passed away on this date in 1870. Senator Green is often credited, along with Representative Galusha Grow of Pennsylvania, with the organization of Dakota as a federal territory in 1861. As chairman of the Committee on Territories in the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses, Green was responsible for both initiating […]

  • Minot Derailment

    A fatal train derailment occurred eight years ago today on the western outskirts of Minot. The wreck occurred shortly before 2 a.m., when thirty-one Canadian Pacific cars hit a gap where two rails had separated from one another. Fifteen of the cars were each carrying 30,000 gallons of poisonous anhydrous ammonia; seven cars completely ruptured. […]

  • County Seat Wars

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  • Air National Guard

    The North Dakota Air National Guard officially became a National Guard unit on this date in 1947 at Hector Air Field in Fargo. Better known today as the Happy Hooligans, the newly formed reserve unit was made up primarily from members of the deactivated 367th Fighter Group, which had served during World War II. After […]

  • Holdup

    A burglary that took place in Fargo on this date in 1966 was wrapped up in thirty minutes flat. That’s how long it took Fargo-Moorhead officers to open and close the case, arresting six individuals and recovering over twelve hundred dollars in only twenty-three minutes. Three men entered the Southside Red Owl store in Fargo […]

  • Carrington Meteor

    A meteor nearly five and a half feet in diameter struck the earth near Carrington, North Dakota, on this date in 1910. Making its entry during the early morning hours, the meteor traveled with “tremendous force and speed.” Many residents in the vicinity were awake to witness the magnificent display, and news quickly spread throughout […]

  • Elizabeth “Jane” Sinner

    Elizabeth Jane Baute was born on this date in 1931 in Lebanon, Kentucky. She is better known to most North Dakotans, however, as Jane Sinner, wife of North Dakota Governor George Sinner. Elizabeth Baute grew up and attended high school in Kentucky. In 1948, at the age of seventeen, she left home to attend St. […]

  • Ghost Dance Surrender

    The unofficial surrender of the Dakota Sioux Ghost Dance participants to the U.S. military occurred on this date in 1891. Although the official surrender would not occur until January 16, the majority of the more than 4,000 Native Americans had moved to the Lakota Agency and “expressed their desire for peace” on January 12. The […]

  • Used Car Contest

    A Moorhead man was in rough shape on this date in 1977 after spending a frigid night in an unheated 1968 Chevrolet. The experience was all part of a sales gimmick put on by Offutt Chevrolet of Moorhead. Robert Adler, a rural painter from Fargo-Moorhead, volunteered in response to the car dealership’s announcement that any […]

  • First Buttermaker

    Hailed as “North Dakota’s First Buttermaker,” John Robins passed away in early January of 1911. His funeral was held at his home in Watertown, South Dakota, on this date. Robins came to the state in 1897 from Wisconsin. With a background in dairy farming, he settled in Havana, North Dakota, and took charge of the […]

  • Smoking Age

    Most people have tried smoking, if even just once-perhaps as a child, sneaking a cigarette from their parents. And when those parents found out-well, it wasn’t pretty. But smoking at just about any age has gone on for centuries. Often glamorized as elegant, a mark of maturity, cigarettes could be especially of interest to children. […]

  • Cities Swindler

    A North Dakota man fell pray to a Minneapolis con man on this date in 1910. The man, Paul Lidden of Belfield, North Dakota, had just arrived on his first visit to the cities when the incident occurred. Lidden traveled by train to Minneapolis to visit the metropolis and sightsee. He was hoping for a […]

  • Contained Conflageration

    An strange situation was playing out three miles west of Jamestown on this date in 1966. Workers of the J. T. Garvey elevator were charged with finding a missing fire that had been burning for almost two months. But how in the world can a fire be missing you ask? Well, the fire in this […]

  • William Langer in the Political Wilderness

    Following his conviction as a federal felon, Governor William Langer was summarily stripped of his office on July 17, 1934. For ordinary politicians, this would mean the end of their career. But William Langer was not your typical politician. With the ink not yet dry on his conviction papers, the crafty man from Casselton began […]

  • Want Ad

    The New Year is a good time to start fresh or to make life changes. Perhaps that’s what prompted James Orr to look for companionship. Orr was a single farmer who had made good use of his time to attain some wealth. But he was lonely. According to newspapers following his story, Orr did not […]

  • Festive Firefighters

    The Fargo Forum reported the story of an enormous blaze in the town of Maxbass, North Dakota, on this date in 1909. Although the fire itself drew the usual crowds to the scene, it was the fire brigade that caused the real sensation that night. A few days before, on the evening of January 1st, […]

  • Divine Healer

    W. N. Kennedy, self-proclaimed fortune-teller, was arrested in Bottineau, North Dakota, on this date in 1899 for practicing medicine without a license. Kennedy had been working in Bottineau “for some time.” Also billed as a dwarf, Kennedy described himself as a “great living wonder” and a divine healer, in addition to his divinatory powers. Since […]

  • Key Issues

    On this date in 1948, the Fargo Forum reported on a fire at the Nanking home of Lionel H. Lamb, who was then British minister to China. The fire destroyed Lamb’s home, but notable among his lost possessions was a key to the city of Fargo. While serving as British vice consul in Minneapolis in […]

  • Rustling Ring Sentenced

    Ranchers and residents of Williston, North Dakota, anxiously anticipated the outcome of a publicized court trial on this date a century ago. The trial of Pat Cannon, Jud Miller, and William Coleman in Williams County District Court was viewed as the culmination of many years’ work, and the “final chapter in breaking up…the famous border […]